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Old 09-08-2017, 09:38 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Avro Arrow prototype found in Lake Ontario: expedition team

I'd give my lfet arm to know WHAT the US government said, promised, threatened... to make us completely obliterate this project; to try & erase every trace of it. It was one hell of a plane:

***Researchers have found a test model of the iconic Avro Arrow fighter jet at the bottom of Lake Ontario, according to a group working to recover lost pieces of Canada’s aviation history.

Raise the Arrow said new sonar imagery confirmed the first discovery of an Avro Arrow free-flight model since they were abandoned in the lake nearly six decades ago. The group promised photos and video of the find will be revealed publically on Friday.

“The models were part of the design test program for the Avro Arrow at Point Petre in the mid-1950’s, and were an important step in the final design work for the Arrow,” Raise the Arrow expedition leader John Burzynski said in a media release on Thursday.

The models are flying replicas of the actual aircraft. Nine were launched in a series of tests between 1954 and 1957.

The Arrow was built for the Royal Canadian Air Force by Avro Canada in Malton, Ont.

Ottawa abruptly cancelled the Avro Arrow project in 1959. All related materials, including the completed jets and production tooling, were ordered to be destroyed.

Key pieces of the project lie at the bottom of Lake Ontario, including the test models, which are about one-eighth of the size of the real jets. The models are three metres long, with a two-metre wingspan. The CF-105 Arrow measured to 24 metres tip-to-tail, with a 15-metre wingspan...***

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http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/avro-ar...team-1.3580009
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I never did understand why they cancelled that plane .

Was it a dud , it obviously couldn't swim.

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It was on track to being the most up to date, bestest interceptor jet ever... at the time. It tested beautifully, pilots loved how it handled but we couldn't sell it to the Brits or Americans - they tend to buy 'in house' anyway.

The whole project was mysteriously, abruptly, cancelled. It threw almost 15,000 Avro staff out of work as well as roughly the same number in supporting industries. A lot of that expertise was permanently lost to us, as highly qualified engineers & other specialists moved to other countries actively pursuing modern programs.

There have never been satisfactory answers as to why we simply dropped the program, without even warning Avro upper management.
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