Avro Arrow Engineering-Free Flight Models
Canadian Armament Research and Development Establishment.
C.A.R.D.E. was an established organization Avro Canada used to test it's models before going into full production. Located at Pt. Petre Ontario the facilities were centered around a 2 story main control and administration center. Also included were the radar shack/photo section which was responsible for tracking and high speed film developing, assembly shack, camera shack, security building and an equipment and maintenance garage.
The completed models, which took 13 months to prepare, were delivered completed to the facility to test. Carde staff then assembled the test flight models to the "NIKE" boosters.
The Pt. Petre facility was a missile test range, where several different types of missiles were test fired into Lake Ontario. Aerodynamic testing and rocket testing was the sole purpose of this facility.
Missiles tested there were the "Sparrow", Hughes "M-1" guided, Canadian designed "Velvet Glove", to name a few.
There are over 600 rockets and missiles in the area.
THE CARDE CREW
(Top L): Carman Johnson, Peter Beadle, Bob Webster,
Cpt. Geo. Berringer, Earl Handley,
Dave Levitt, Roy Williams.
(Center): Ted Conway, Floyd Churohan, Miss Lavelle,
Tom Forbes, Ken Johnson.
(Frt): Doug Fennel, Jim Johnston.
(Missing): Harry Evans.
CARDE is now DRDC, Defense Research and Development Canada.
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