Avro Arrow: The Story of the Avro Arrow from Its Evolution to Its Extinction

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Boston Mills Press, 2004 - History - 180 pages
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The illustrated memoir of the most advanced fighter jet of the 1950s.

At its creation in the mid-1950s, the Avro Arrow was a fighter jet without equal. This Cold War aircraft was twenty years ahead of its time. Unfortunately, political realities resulted in the complete termination of the Arrow project. Cancellation of the Arrow called for the destruction of all photos, drawings, models, specifications and tooling. Even the aircraft themselves were disassembled and destroyed.

Avro Arrow is a fascinating historical record with an extensive collection of rare and highly prized photos, drawings and diagrams. Using two hundred images, the book traces the story of the Arrow from its inception to roll out and flight test, including advanced proposals for the development of future version.

Primary sources include:

  • Taped interviews, test pilots' firsthand impressions, Avro officials and many plant personnel
  • Surviving company records
  • Declassified government documents.

Diagrams offer stunning details such as the North American strategic defense zones and interception tactics proposed for bomber attacks. This book concentrates solely on the vision, design and technical excellence of the airplane itself rather than the politics of its demise.

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Acknowledgements iv
From Rollout to First Flight
Flight Test Program

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The Arrowheads are Richard Organ, Ron Page, Don Watson and Les Wilkinson.

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