The world's finest aircraft scrapped on "Black Friday" by the Canadian government on Feb. 20, 1959. The Avro Arrow was 20 years ahead of its time and if it was updated with today's electronics and weapons packages would still be a front runner in the world for a multirole aircraft. The tragedy is that all six aircraft were cut up and destroyed, in addition to the loss of 14,000 skilled Canadian jobs...many engineers and scientists subsequently went to NASA and other aircraft companies and gave their expertise there...
It is rumoured that the United States could not stomach the idea of a Canadian Jet fighter better than theirs. The Canadian designed Orenda PS-13 Iroquois engines, which was an absolutely phenomenal design for the time, provided approximately 26,500 lbs of afterburning thrust. In fact, the light Iroquois engine was powerful enough to get the Arrow supersonic without afterburner, a feat that the Americans have only duplicated in the F22, which won’t even be in service until 2005!
Avro Arrows in production at A.V. Roe Aircraft Company at Malton Airport, Toronto, Canada.
The Avro Arrow - a Canadian Legend which will never die.
Jet Fighter Designed and Built in Toronto, Canada, in Jan. 1950.
The first straight wing aircraft to break the sound barrier
Canadian Grade 6 school reader with CF-100 on front cover.