CANADA: Test Flight

Down a runway at Toronto's Malton airport last week roared the first commercial jet transport to fly in North America. The silver and yellow "Jetliner" built by A. V. Roe Canada Ltd. took off, circled at 200 ft., then zoomed sharply to 13,000. An hour and ten minutes later Test Pilot James Orrell brought his aircraft in for a smooth landing in summer-heated bumpy air. "It was a piece of cake," he said happily. "She handled like a fighter. Terrific."

Canada's bid for first place in North American jet transportation began in mid-1946...

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