Here’s something I bet you don’t see every day.
For fans of Canada’s airplane the AVRO Arrow, here are some photos I took of a copy of blueprints I have.
If you aren’t sure what it is… it’s the Canadian CF-105 delta-winged interceptor designed and built by Avro Canada – introduced in October of 1957 and shut down in February of 1959.
At the time, the Arrow was considered to be one of the technologically-advanced airplanes in the world, that was believed capable of hitting Mach 3.5… speeds which are near impossible, except for my favorite aircraft the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.
Obviously, the Arrow didn’t get to attempt those speeds, but that was part of its allure… and its plan…
As for why the aircraft was shut down, some believe that then Prime Minister Diefenbaker took a huge personal bribe from the U.S. who were embarrassed that Canada was able to construct such a technologically advanced creation. I should point out that there were a heck of a lot of Brits working at Avro at that time, too.
Anyhow… when the deal to further test and build the Arrow was scuttled, so too was Avro.
What happened next was the greatest brain drain in the history of Canada, as some of the finest minds in the great white north were offered (and accepted) jobs with NASA… most of whom were directly involved in getting the U.S. to the Moon first.
You mention the Avro Avro to Canadians of a certain vintage, and you seem to get universal anger… anger at a government that – for whatever real reason – essentially took Canada out of the space race as a technological leader.
I wasn’t even born when the Avro Arro was canceled, but I knew all about it as a kid.
I grew up very near the Avro buildings… and even went to Our Lady of Airways school… a school long since closed and abandoned like the Arrow herself.
Anyhow… there are books upon books and television dramas on the subject. No matter what anyone says, the truth is still out there.