The Avro Arrow (CF-105) was an advanced, supersonic, twin-engined, all-weather interceptor jet aircraft developed by A.V. Roe of Canada until the government’s controversial cancellation of the project in 1959. The controversy engendered by the cancellation and subsequent destruction of the aircraft in production remains a topic for debate among historians, political observers and industry pundits. Many thought that this decision effectively put Avro out of business and its highly skilled engineering and production personnel scattered.
Due to the closing of its former home, The Canadian Air and Space Museum in September 2011 the replica of the Avro Arrow will be transported to Mississauga, west of Toronto.The replica will be put on display for the first time in two years.The Museum’s replica,Painted in the colours of Arrow 25203, was built by local volunteers with the help of local aerospace companies.Work began in 1998, and the full-scale replica was completed in 2006.The Avro Arrow replica has a metal structure, the replica features many authentic-looking components including landing gear constructed by Messier-Dowty, the original Arrow primary landing gear sub-contractor.
Kenneth Swartz, a member of the board of directors for the museum,in an interview with CTVNews.ca this past Saturday said: “The reason for the move to Mississauga, Swartz was a request to display the replica at the SME Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show taking place at the International Centre from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4”. Swartz continues : “Some parts of the replica, including the wing tips, rocket pod and nose gear, will be moved separately and reinstalled next week.The public will have the opportunity to take a look, as the Arrow will be on display for “Doors Open Mississauga” at the International Centre on Saturday, Sept. 28.”
Accordingly to the plans aviati0n enthusiast and Toronto residents will be able to look at the Arrow replica for one last time on September 28 at “Doors Open Mississauga” at the International Centre. After the exhibition the aircraft will be transported to a storage facility in the Pearson International Airport area, Swartz said.
The Canadian Air and Space Museum was closed to the public after its lease was terminated at Downsview Park in September 2011. Swartz said the board is still actively trying to find a new home for the museum near Pearson.
If you want to find out more information about this aircraft and help the museum with a DONATION check these links below:
- The ARROW Scrapbook
- Heritage Minute Cast
- CBC Archives – Original Clips