CANADA: Bomarc Countdown

For better or worse, air defense in Canada is inextricably tied to the U.S.'s ill-starred Bomarc B antiaircraft missile. Conservative Prime Minister John Diefenbaker has found it to be mostly worse: every time a Bomarc B failed to soar from its test pad at Cape Canaveral, Canada's Liberal and CCF (socialist) Opposition parties gleefully assaulted the Bomarc as a dying bird. In the process they winged Tory plans to rely on two Canadian Bomarc bases and nine aging squadrons of CF-100 interceptors as the country's only home defense against the bomber threat....

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