CF100 in French ServiceEdit
The New Commonwealth was formed in 1956 and almost immediately fell foul of the US, for without the backing of the mighty Dollar much of these countries defence spending was very thin. Particularly badly hurt was Canada with the production of the CF-100 stopped due to cancellation of NATO orders.
France at this time was in the position of being a close ally of the United Kingdom and a close friend to the New Commonwealth. She also found herself at the time in the need of a true all weather fighter fully able to operate in zero visibility for operations in its empire. She stepped forward and took over the cancelled Belgium order for 58 aircraft, kick starting the Avro company's fortunes and making sure that the company did not fold before the Arrow was produced.
Initially it was thought that the aircraft would be called the Quebecois in French service but France, for once considerate of other governments feelings decided to name it after the French culture of the North Eastern coast of Canada.
She entered service in 1959 and served until French production Mirages could take over in 1968. Then passing into second line service and finally and sadly to be used as instructional airframes and targets on live fire ranges.