The Avro Arrow

Overview

Declassified government records shed additional light on the cancellation and subsequent destruction of the Avro Arrow.

The controversial cancellation of the Avro Arrow continues to fire debate in the 21st century. In 1959, when the program was killed, all completed preproduction models, and those awaiting assembly, were destroyed. So were all tooling and technical information used to create this extraordinary achievement of Canadian miltiary aviation. Was cancelling the program the right decision, or a political and technical disaster? Did Canada lose more than it gained?

Today, researchers are scouring the bottom of Lake Ontario for test models dumped there when the Avro program shuttered, while others are calling to renew the Arrow program for a new generation to replace the ageing fleet of CF-18 fighters.

Bursting with information to fill in gaps in the Arrow’s troubled history, The Avro Arrow: For the Record tackles head on the outstanding questions.

About the Author

Palmiro Campagna

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014
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Palmiro Campagna

Palmiro Campagna is the author of Storms of Controversy: The Secret Avro Arrow Files Revealed, Requiem for A Giant: A.V. Roe Canada and the Avro Arrow, and The UFO Files: The Canadian Connection Exposed. He has consulted on numerous documentaries, including The Sea Hunters: The Search for the Avro Arrow Test Models. He lives in Ottawa.