Avro ARROW and Canadian Aerospace Links
Avro ARROW CF-105
Photo printed with permission of the Artist, Randy L. Whitcomb
Rest in Peace Randy.
Original Image signed by Jan Zurakowski.
Rest in Peace Jan.
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The Purpose Of This Home Page
Like many Canadians, I have an interest in the history of Canadian aviation
and aerospace. One of my particular interests are the events
that surround the development and ultimate destruction of the CF-105 Avro
Arrow. A review of the Internet will reveal that there are many fine
pages already in existence that are dedicated to explaining the purpose
of the AVRO Arrow. Not wishing to duplicate their efforts, I have
decided to design this page to supply information that is generally not
found on most of the other Arrow pages and to provide links to some of
the more notable Arrow home pages. This page is also a member
of the Avro Arrow web ring and you can connect to other web ring sites at the bottom
of this page. As well, since the Canadian aerospace industry is now flourishing,
I have also created a series of links to some of the aerospace leaders in Canada.
A report on the 40th anniversary of the first flight of Avro Arrow
Jan Zurakowski in front of a model of Arrow 201 at the 40 th. anniversary
of the first flight of Avro Arrow 201 on March 21, 1998.
The Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Canada held a special series
of events to commemorate this historical event. The location was the
Toronto Airport Holiday Inn, 970 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON. The
events were held on the evening of March 21, 1998 and it started at 6:00
pm with a display of Avro, Avro Arrow and Canadian Aerospace items. Some
of the pictures of this special Arrow
display (including a few small Arrow "pieces") are available for viewing
On March 21, 1998, I attended the 40th anniversary of the first
flight of Avro Arrow 201. I videotaped much of the events of that
day, and the pictures and text in this report are taken from my personal
video. Additional photographs were provided by Nick Dorans and Michael Brigham. If I made any
spelling mistakes of people's names, I apologize in advance, and I would
welcome any corrections. My e-mail address is
"thegeographer @ yahoo.com."
40th Anniversary Pictures:
Then, at 7:00 pm, everyone adjourned to the banquet hall for the formal
events of the evening:
The following is a summary of the formal section:
After the video, the past employees of Avro Canada and the past and current
employees of Orenda were asked to stand up, and they were then toasted
by the people in attendance.
David Onley , was the Master of Ceremonies . Nicholas Doran had to take
over at dinner as David had to leave.
Grace and a toast to the Queen of Canada .
Meal, with music from the RCA Cadets, Avro Arrow Squadron "845" .
The head table was introduced and then a video was shown: "Supersonic Sentinel"
The highlight of the evening (in my opinion) was a series of speeches featuring
the following four people:
Jan describes his experience of being a test pilot of the Arrow with
comparisons to the CF-18.
Jim gave a very interesting and revealing talk on such things as the
destruction of the Arrow, who ordered the destruction, the CBC mini series
movie: "The Arrow", the fate of the "lost Arrow" and what it was like to
work for AVRO.
Cutting the Cake
From left to right: Nick Dorans, Jan Zurakowski and Jim Floyd.
Jan with wife Anna
Arrow Remains: The Bits and Pieces
Although the Arrows and their related material were ordered destroyed 40
years ago, some bits and pieces did survive and a few more items do seem
to appear from time to time. This section of the Arrow home page is intended
to list all of the remaining Avro Arrow CF105 "artifacts" in existence.
Some of them are in museums, some are in libraries and archives, and other
pieces....? The following list shows where some of the material
And now, some links to other AVRO Arrow CF-105 Sites:
Homage to the Avro Arrow This
is one of the best sites on the Internet about the Arrow! Many high quality
graphics, documents, stories and links. Check it out!
- The Avro Canada Archives Digital Archives.Photos, stories and history from A. V. Roe Canada.. A great site with lots of pictures and information about all the aircraft that were created by Avro Canada.
- VA3KGB - (Amateur Radio,
Avro Arrow, UN, Scouts, Canadian Forces, Military Aviation) Another
good Arrow page with some excellent pictures and links to other Arrow sites.
845 Avro Arrow SquadronA Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron named after the Avro Arrow. This
site naturally contains a section on the Arrow.
The Canadian Air & Space Museum. (formerly the Toronto Aerospace Museum) This organization has recently built a full scale
all metal replica of the Avro Arrow. Check out the final completion of this Arrow Model and
other projects at the museum.
Photo of TAM Arrow by Peck Duff. August, 2000.
This section of my home page shows the many early stages of construction of the
The Canadian Air & Space Museum's Full scale all metal model of the CF-105 AVRO
Arrow. These are my own pictures and those provided to me from Peck Duff. I am also a member of this museum and I contributed to this project both financially as well as doing some research on the wing Roundel in Ottawa.
A.V. Roe Canada Aviation Museum Association
The main goal of the
Arrow 2000 project is to build and fly a "piloted" scaled down version (2/3 scale)
of the Avro Arrow. Other aviation related projects are also being developed.
ARROW CANADA RECOVERY 1998 The Arrow Canada Recovery homepage.
They are a non profit group of volunteers that located missing Avro Arrow flight test models in June 1999.
At this time they are currently in a fund raising mode. Funds are required to
complete the goal of recovering the models from Lake Ontario, restoring them if required and
assignment to aviation museums. Please support their cause and visit their site!
Or, Build your own Arrow ....
- The home page of FHYBR MODELS, manufacturers of the
Radio Controlled Jet Model kit of the Avro Arrow.
The Avro Arrow Chat board.
Visit the Avro Arrow message board. .
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Canadian Arrow The Canadian Arrow is a 54-ft long, two-stage,
three person sub-orbital rocket with the second stage doubling as an escape system. The first
stage is 33.5 ft. long and 5.4 ft. in diameter with four fins at the base for aerodynamic stability.
A single 57,000-lb thrust liquid propellant rocket engine propels the first stage.
The first stage propellants are fed to the engine using a pressurized gas system.
This system is made up of two propellant tanks for fuel and oxidizer, topped by a single
composite construction high-pressure gas sphere. Steering of the vehicle is accomplished using
graphite jet vanes and aerodynamic flaps on the fins. The second stage (crew cabin) is 20-ft.
long and 5.4 ft. in diameter at the base, and contains four JATO type rocket engines for second
stage propulsion. These solid rockets can be fired at anytime during the flight, including
a launch pad abort.
And now, some links to current Canadian Aerospace home pages:
If you find the story of the Arrow a bit depressing, do not despair!
The Canadian Aerospace industry is still around and has very much recovered
from the dark days of the late 1950s. As Jim Floyd said at the 40th
anniversary of the first flight of Avro Arrow 201, we should be proud of
the people who are working in the Canadian Aerospace industry today, and
we should tell them that we appreciate what they are doing for Canada.
Canadian Aviation Links
Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Canada.This fine organization is dedicated to preserving the memory and accomplishments
of Canada's aerospace heritage. One of their current projects is the location
and recovery of the Arrow free flight test models from Lake Ontario. The
AHFC organized the 40th anniversary celebration of the first flight of
- Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame To honour those who gave the best they had, unselfishly improving flight throughout our land, a token group of aviation veterans was chosen by their peers to represent that whole community
- The RCAF Home Page A site that is dedicated to the history of the Royal Canadian
Air Force. Some Avro Arrow information is also located there.
- Spar Aerospace Home Spar Aerospace. Now L-3 Communications MAS
Air Canada's Home Page Air Canada
Bombardier Aerospace Group,
Home page - Groupe aéronautique de Bombardier, Page d'accueil Bombardier Aerospace
AIAC The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) is the national trade organization of Canada's aerospace manufacturing and service sector.
Orenda Home Page Gas Turbine and Reciprocating
Engines. Magellan Aerospace Corporation
Pratt & Whitney Canada Gas
NAV Canada provides air traffic control,
flight information, weather briefings, emergency assistance and other services
for those who fly in Canadian air space.
Magazine of the Air force Association of Canada Airforce is Canada's foremost aviation and aerospace magazine.
Wings Magazine Canada's Aviation Magazine.
- Canadian Harvard Association Home page.
8 Wing, CFB Trenton / 8e Escadre,
BFC Trenton, CFB Trenton
- Canada's DND "Airforce" Home Page.
- Helicopters Magazine. Canada's national helicopter magazine. Pilots resource to flying in Canada.
- Esprit de Corps, Canadian Military Magazine. Esprit de Corps covers the efforts of Canadian soldiers in both World Wars and
the Korean War in every issue, as well as their current deployments on peacekeeping missions around the world.
Links to Canadian Aerospace and military Museums, and On-line photo archives:
Air Show Links
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Last Update: April 15, 2010.