It's a good thing we put the kabosh on the Avro Arrow!I remember when the Canadians declassified their old war plans for invading the US. Was quite indignant about the possibility of hordes of those pasty white Northerners streaming across the Land of 10,000 Lakes. I bet they're dusting those plans off though right about now. Probably making a secret deal for the partition with Mexico as we speak.
T’was the wrong aircraft for the wrong time. We were making a clone of the F-106 from two years earlier when the strategic threat was moving from Soviet bombers to ICBMs and the RCAF really needed a fighter-strike platform, like the F4 Phantom II (took flight two months after the Arrow). Avro Canada’s head office at Hawker Siddeley UK understood this and thus was working on the multirole P.1121. That’s what Hawker Siddeley’s Canadian division should have been working on.It's a good thing we put the kabosh on the Avro Arrow!
It would be a good idea to have current information on a possible target. England has had a long history of intelligence gathering. I doubt there were diplomatic postings there. They couldn’t have a diplomat just “drive by“ the oil fields on his way to a social gathering. Many powers seemed to have covert and not quite overt reconnaissance of anything of strategic importance.
At that stage of the war (and probably whenever it suited them), Britain was disregarding pesky details like other peoples' neutrality. France and Britain prepared to occupy northern Norway in 1940, ostensibly so they could supply war materials to Finland (who had their troubles with Papa Stalin at the time). They were literally preempted by hours by the German invasion (cruisers in Scapa had French mountain troops on board ready to go).There is also the small matter of the Swedes taking a dim view of being invaded...