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At long last, a physical reminder of missing Avro Arrow has been found.
Turns out a replica of the defunct supersonic CF-105 Canadian fighter jet — built to target Soviet spy planes during the Cold War — is not with the remains of the real models at the bottom of Lake Ontario.
She’s hidden off of Derry Rd., tucked away at Pearson International Airport, near an Air Transat Hangar.
Sitting there abandoned, wings removed and exposed to the elements.
You can’t see the iconic markings on this Canadian legend, but there is no mistaking that shape and design.
“It’s a darn shame,” said Brian Munro, a volunteer at the now closed Toronto Air and Space Museum. “I can’t imagine treating a piece of Canadian history like this.”
All of the Avro planes were destroyed when the program was cancelled in the late 1950s. There is a terrific effort underway to raise some of the unmanned Arrow models that were test fired into Lake Ontario.
Another irony is Oct. 20 is the Avro Arrow’s designer Jim Floyd’s 103rd birthday. He has already been awarded the Wright Brother’s medal so what could we give him as a gift?
Why not put the wings back on his jet and display it for the whole world to marvel at?
“If I had my way, they would open up a new Toronto air museum at Downsview as was promised,” said Munro. “That would be the best place for the Arrow and so many other planes and memorabilia which are also hidden somewhere that we don’t even know — 47 tractor trailers of stuff including a Lancaster Bomber and some of the Snowbird planes.”
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: intrepid
That's always the problem. Unless it's an area that makes sense, like Ohio, or part of another museum, people don't see the point of aviation museums. It's sad, because so much history has been lost, and so much more, like this, is in danger of being lost, but it's just aviation, so most people don't care.