airplanes The Best Military Planes That Were Cancelled  

Chino Fernandez
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The military has had a long history of cancelled aircraft. Some of them were promising. Others were ambitious, though sometimes impractical. But one thing about cancelled aircraft is that they spur discussion on what could have been had they seen service. These military planes could have had huge impacts on wars and civilian life, but for one reason or another never made it to active duty. Here are some planes I consider the best among cancelled planes. 
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Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow


Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Military Planes That Were Cancelled
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The Arrow was Canada's attempt at an indigenous interceptor aircraft, designed to take down Soviet jet bombers. Politics however was a significant factor in the cancellation of this aircraft. The cancellation alone led to the layoff of 14,000 Avro employees. The event was called Black Friday in Canadian history. 
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McDonnell Douglas A-12 Avenger... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Military Planes That Were Cancelled
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Perhaps the most interesting cancelled aircraft of all, the A-12 was to replace the A-6 Intruder. It would have been a flying triangle without any vertical surfaces, earning the nickname "Flying Dorito." The cancellation was due to cost overruns and failure to deliver much of the requirements on time without even showing even just a mockup of the aircraft. 
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Northrop F-20 Tigershark


Northrop F-20 Tigershark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Military Planes That Were Cancelled
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A development of the F-5 Freedom Fighter, the Tigershark was expected to be an export fighter, sold to allies of the U.S., like the F-5. It was supposed to be lightweight and low cost, and it filled this requirement very well. It was cancelled because it was decided that American allies could make use of the F-16 instead. 
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North American XF-108 Rapier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Military Planes That Were Cancelled
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The U.S. had its own interceptor project what was similar to the Arrow. It was unique for using the engines of the XB-70 Valkyrie, leading many to believe that it was an escort for the bomber. But writer Erik Simonsen says, it cannot match the range of the Valkyrie and its main target was Soviet jet bombers. If built, it would have been the heaviest fighter at the time. 
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