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The Avro Arrow

The story of the great Canadian Cold War combat jet -- in pictures and documents

By Lawrence Miller

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When it first flew in 1957, the Avro Arrow was the world's best supersonic combat aircraft. It was the proudest achievement of the engineers and designers who came out of Canada's world-leading aircraft industry. They had delivered other notable aircraft, including the world's first passenger jet, but the Arrow put them ahead of everyone else in the field.

The Arrow was designed to protect Canada against the military threat posed by the Soviet Union and its long-bombers loaded with nuclear weapons. It did everything it was supposed to do — and more.

Yet, after only six airplanes were built, the Arrow was killed. It was cancelled by a Conservative government overnight — thousands lost their jobs. Its builder, Avro Aircraft, was ruined, and with it went an important high-tech industry. Astonishingly, the government ordered the finished airplanes cut up and destroyed. Nothing was to remain — and nothing did.

Using hundreds of photos, most in colour, along with original documents, this book tells this amazing story — a key development in Canada's Cold War history. It provides the information that will let readers decide for themselves what best explains a decision which even today is hard to understand. And it shows Canada's capacity in engineering and science when challenged to produce the best in the world.



Chapter 1: The Earliest Jet Engines

1. World War II Ends, the Atomic Age Begins
2. The Cold War
3. The Jet Age Beings

Chapter 2: Canada's Pioneering Jetliner

1. The Piston-Engined Workhorses
2. Canada's Fresh and Daring Approach
3. Trans-Canada Air Lines Abandons the Jetliner
4. In the US, the Jetliner Triumphs
5. The Canadian Government Abandons the Jetliner

Chapter 3: The Avro CF-100 Jet Fighter

1. Jets in Miliary Service, 1950s
2. Canada's Fighter for Canadian Conditions
3. But No Design Is Perfect for Long

Chapter 4: Developing the Arrow

1. The Arrow's Rivals
2. The Arrow Takes Shape
3. Supersonic on a Rocket
4. Simulations: Inside and Out
5. The Iroquois Takes Shape
6. Malton Becomes a Company Town
7. The Arrow's Weapons System
8. A Daring New Production Technique: No Prototypes

Chapter 5: The Unveilings

1. Iroquois Rollout
2. Arrow Rollout
3. First Flight of the Arrow

Chapter 6: The Arrows Fly

1. Innovative Flight-Testing Techniques
2. The Iroquois Flies, on a B-47
3. Arrows Flying over Ontario
4. Problems in Test Flights
5. Flight Testing in 1958 and 1959

Chapter 7: Sudden Death

1. USSR Gest ICBMs, Canada Gets a New Government
2. Arrow Development Continues, but Bomarcs Threaten
3. The Crisis

Chapter 8: Destroying the Dream

1. "Death Row"
2. Voodoos After All
3. Four People

Chapter 9: All That Remains

1. Boats and Flying Saucers
2. The Canadian Concorde That Never Was
3. All That Remains


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Photo Credits


LAWRENCE MILLER went to McMaster University on scholarships and summer jobs as a newspaper reporter (Brantford Expositor, Toronto Star), graduating with an MA in English literature. He is a Transport Canada licensed glider pilot and for several years has held (and used) a Flight Instructor Rating — Glider. He is also the author of the out-of-print Amazing Stories series title, The Avro Arrow: A Picture History.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 112 pages
Publication Date: 16th October 2014
ISBN: 9781459402317
Format: 10in x 8in

Previous Editions: (show)
Publication Date: 16th October 2014
ISBN: 9781459407275
Binding: Hardback
Replaced by: 9781459402317

BISAC Code:, HIS006020, HIS027140
Imprint: Lorimer


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