What happened to the Avro Arrow?

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There have been movies, books, t-shirts, t.v. shows, magazine articles, tiny and life sized models, and web sites about it.

They were made not that long ago, but there isn’t one around today to look at. They were designed in Canada and were as fast as CF 18, but 20 years older!

How is that possible?

Why aren’t they still around?

Help solve the mystery of the Avro Arrow. Research and find out the answers, then summarize what you found right here!


28 thoughts on “What happened to the Avro Arrow?

    Dylan Dolph said:
    June 3, 2015 at 9:58 am

    The Avro arrow Canada CF-105 Arrow was a delta-winged interceptor aircraft, armed with AIM-4 Falcon and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles, designed and built by Avro Canadaas the culmination of a design study that began in 19considered to have been an advanced technical and aerodynamic achievement for the Canadian aviation industry. The CF-105 (Mark 2) held the promise of near-Mach 2 speeds at altitudes of 53.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      June 4, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Why was it cancelled? What happened to it?

        Dylan dolph said:
        June 4, 2015 at 9:58 am

        because the priminister said the avro arrow was that it is cancelled and the priminister didn’t want to make the avro arrow.

    Connor said:
    June 3, 2015 at 10:18 am

    The Avro arrow was discontinued 20 years ago by the federal government in 1959. It was introduced in October 4 1957 and the first flight recorded was March 25 1958 but later it was scrapped by the federal government. The primary use was for the Canadian Military but only 5 were only built it was possible because they jet engines back then so all they did was make a better design. But was still discontinued.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      June 4, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Good, but a very brief summary. You could’ve included many more pieces of important information!

    Keira said:
    June 3, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Q1: Why isn’t the Avro Arrow still around? Answer: The Avro Arrow was an extraordinary creation for its time. It was created in 1953-1959. It was a well-functioning machine. From the research that I’ve observed, I believe that the reason it no longer exists is due to the fact that it was too expensive. According to the website Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists, the planes were too small a number to keep running for such an expensive price. To this date, it has cost us $300 mil. Because it was too expensive at the time, the government, (led by John Diefenbaker) shut it down.
    Q2: How is this plane possible? Answer: The Avro Arrow was designed to have a double engine. These engines are called Roll-Royce RB-106 engines, and the two engines together created lots of thrust. There were a lot of other details that people didn’t notice that were very important to the plane. Unfortunately, my sources did not list these items. So, according to my studies, the reason for the Avro Arrow being beyond its time is that not only did they spend 6 years and millions of dollars on this creation, but it had also had extraordinary parts.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      June 4, 2015 at 9:05 am

      This is a very good summary. You researched and synthesized your information clearly!

    zakery said:
    June 4, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Avro arrow

    The Avro arrow was developed in the late 1950s. The first flight of the Avro arrow on March 25th, 1959 because the government didn’t agree of the idea of a bomb dropping plane. All the wall plans and blueprints of the Avro arrow where destroyed when it went out of development. The Avro arrows average speed was about 1,325 mph (Mach speed) and could make it to Toronto if it flew from Vancouver in an hour without using a full tank of gas. The Avro arrow was developed in Winnipeg, Canada. The total unit cost to make one Avro arrow was 3.5-5milliondollars. The Avro arrow was equipped with an arsenal of aim4 falcon and aim7 sparrow missiles. The Avro arrows use was to intercept enemy targets and take them down.

    By zakery

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      June 4, 2015 at 9:08 am

      What happened to it? Why was it cancelled?

    Chloe said:
    June 4, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Avro Arrow
    The Avro Arrow was introduced on October 4, 1957 by James C. Floyd. The Arrow was designed to carry nuclear tipped missiles to destroy Soviet Union bomb attacks over the Canadian North. Floyd brought the design forward to the Royal Canadian Air Force the Prime Minister at the time, John Diefenbaker. Apparently, Diefenbaker just looked at the design, said it “looked good”, and signed it off. The Arrow was a delta wing supersonic and only had five models fully completed. There was a sixth model, but it was only 93% completed before the project was shut down. The first flight of the Avro Arrow took place on March 25, 1958. The Arrow had unbelievable speed of over two thousand kilometers per hour, which was faster than some planes we have today. But if this plane was so incredible, why was the project cancelled? Apparently it was cancelled because it was faced with mind blowing costs and the company that designed the Avro Arrow couldn’t sell it to other countries, such as Europe and the United States. Due to that, the government ordered to have all plans and prototypes to be destroyed and the Avro’s became a $400 million pile of scrap metal. The Avro Arrow was cancelled on February 20, 1959. That day became known as Black Friday in the Canadian aviation industry. All though the Avro Arrow hasn’t been with us for over 50 years, there are future plans to resurrect the design.
    By: Chloe

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      June 4, 2015 at 9:43 am

      I think you got the GIST! Very nice concise and accurate summary. 🙂

    maddy said:
    June 4, 2015 at 9:45 am

    The Avro arrow was a delta winged interceptor aircraft. The Avro arrow was built in the 1950’s. Its first flight was in 1958 and only 5 were made. It was discontinued in 1959. The Avro arrow was the most advanced, and sophisticated plane. The Avro arrow is cheaper and better than the f-35 in both money and speed. It was not able to fulfill its mission because it was discontinued.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      June 4, 2015 at 9:46 am

      Great Maddy, but why was it cancelled and destroyed?

        maddy said:
        June 4, 2015 at 9:52 am

        It was discontinued because there was a recession and the cost of building the arrow was lots.

    Ervin said:
    June 4, 2015 at 10:02 am

    What happened to the Avro Arrow?
    The Avro arrow was an advanced supersonic plane and it had a twin engine and the Avro arrow was made in Canada and it was made in 1953 and the us was prompting Boomer missiles and Canada did not accept the Avro arrow so it was shut down buy Canada and it was fast like 3 thousand an hour and the aircraft was 2 million apiece and arrow engine and fire control and ICBM missiles and the soviet bomber threat and the project was cancelled on February 1959 .A.V. Canada was going to buy us f-35 but the avro arrow went faster than the f-35 and they were resetting it was cancelled because it cost too much and it was being tarred apart because of Canada some scientist took some parts

    marta said:
    June 4, 2015 at 10:03 am

    The Avro Arrow was created in the 1950s, the idea was to create a plane used for protection. It was a huge plane that could travel at an altitude of 60,000 feet. In 1959 the federal government scrapped the plane before its first flight. The Diefenbaker government said it was to much money and no longer worth it.

    Irelynn said:
    June 4, 2015 at 10:07 am

    The Avro Arrow
    The Avro Arrow was a supersonic fighter jet first designed in October 4 1957 and was introduced to the public and the Royal Canadian Air Force. It was to be used for The Cold War which was all the countries that took part in this war was everyone had their missiles ready and if any came the Arrow would stop the missiles and repel them or shoot them down. The Arrows price range was around 3.5 mill – 5 mil. It was used to destroy Soviet bomb attacks over the Canadian north. It could nearly reach speed three times the speed of sound. It could travel to an altitude of 600,000 feet. The Arrow was wheeled out of a hangar in Malton, Ontario on October 4 1957. The Arrow was destroyed because some people wanted the money for other things and it was also melted down and sold to a scrap metal dealer in Hamilton to make pots and pans.

    muftah said:
    June 4, 2015 at 10:11 am

    The Avro Arrow
    The Avro Arrow was designed in 1950. A really famous designee in Canada. The Avro Arrow is at the Canadian air and space Museum. In 2008 55 years after its first flight the Avro Arrow was the fastest plane the mankind has ever made it goes 35 miles per sec! can you believe how the government refused. Also the Arrows cancellation on 20 February 1959.The day became known as ‘’BLACK FRIDAY’’ in the Canadian aviation industry.

    sadie said:
    June 4, 2015 at 10:16 am

    The Avro Arrow was made to protect Canada. In ten years there was a cancellation in 1949-1959. Russia threaten to bomb a Nuclear attack on North America. The cause of the cancellation might be by Conservative Diefenbaker Government on February 20, 1959 or other reasons of the cancellation of the Avro Arrow were a mix of politics, timing, and bad luck.

    Lennox said:
    June 4, 2015 at 10:17 am

    The Canadian plane, the Avro Arrow was originally a delta winged interceptor aircraft. The CF-105 Arrow was equipped with heavy missiles. During the war, Canada had designed the Avro Arrow to be a bomber plane. The plane was implemented in 1953. This plane could go more then 300 miles an hour. Production of the Arrow took place 4 years later in 1957. First flight took place in 1958. The Arrow was finally complete. It became a symbol of Canadian excellence. Unfortunately at the time, the government said that the Avro Arrow was too expensive to develop more and demanded that it be destroyed. Maybe the arrow will come back some day.

    Cheryl said:
    June 4, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Avro Arrow,
    The first flight of Avro Arrow was in March 25, 2015. Arrows range was extremely limited and if it went past 600miles an hour it could have went into flames. No other countries would buy the Avro arrow because the price was way over the budget and the government had no other chose then to cancel it. Avro arrow did not carry any weapons or electronics with it while flying. The original name of Avro arrow was called CF-105 until they officially changed it to Avro Arrow. Today there is no Arrow planes there are only models of it.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      June 4, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Great work in such a limited time Cheryl.

    Sylvia said:
    June 4, 2015 at 10:19 am

    The History of the Avro Arrow
    The Avro Arrow, a “delta winged air craft” first introduced in October of 1957, was designed as a supersonic fighter jet to be used in the Cold War. It was developed in Malton, Ontario at some point in the 1950’s. The first recorded flight of the Avro Arrow was in January 1950. When flying, it can reach up to 2000km per hour, which is nearly twice as fast as the speed of sound. The Avro Arrow’s main purpose was to destroy the soviet bomb attacks in the Canadian north. During this time, Canada was put in the place of developing the engine, fire, missile, and control systems of the Avro Arrow. The estimated cost per aircraft would be close to 12.5 million dollars. Because the Royal Canadian Air force needed to fight of soviet bomb attacks, they needed a jet that had a “supersonic twin engine and an two seat interceptor.” Jets such as Voodoo and McDonnel were prohibited. The Avro Arrow was later scrapped by the federal government, however the decision still remains controversial.
    Sylvia B.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      June 4, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Well written Sylvia.

    Maria said:
    June 4, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Avro Arrow:
    Avro Arrow is a plane, which was designed by James C Floyd. This plane was first introduced on October 4, 1957; was first invented in 1953, which was 62 years from now, almost 63 years. This plane first flight was on 1958. The plane wasn’t around for a long time now, its also way too expensive. (8 billion dollars.) The plane had a deal from the USA, which was twice as big in cash and it was for 65 planes.(24 billion was the estimate.) But Canada suggest that the Avro Arrow Jet was best for them, and it was lesser.

    Jewel said:
    June 4, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Avro Arrow
    In 1957, a fighter jet name the Avro Arrow was introduced post-second World War. Okay, let me back it up a little. In May, 1953, James C. Floyd designed a fighter jet that flew that flew 15,240 metres high and reached the speed of Mach 1.98 (over 2000 kilometres per hour) which is about twice the speed of sound, the fighter jet was an interceptor aircraft used to destroy the bombers before they reached their target, this is what the government needed to keep cities in Canada safe. On October 4th, 1957, the project was finally introduced to the (now former Prime Minister of Canada) John Diefenbaker. Diefenbaker supposedly looked at the blue prints and simply said “looks good!” and went on with his day. Obviously he looked at the blue prints, but did he think of any cons about this? Possibly not.
    Also on October 4th, 1957, one of the most successful World War 2 fighter jets builder, A.V. Roe, then took James C. Floyd’s design and built it to see if it would work. The project to build this aircraft was very successful and was then named the Avro Arrow, named after the jet’s builder, A.V. Roe. There then was made 4 others and 93% of the 6 one. The first flight was then flown in 1958 effectively, it flew smooth and very quickly! Everyone thought the Avro Arrow was an amazing fighter jet that would for sure protect the country!
    Sadly, in 1959, the project was cancelled and was known as Black Friday. John Diefenbaker didn’t check the official Canadian Royal Air force agreement (which could lead to safety hazards) and thought everything was fine. Not everything was “fine”. Diefenbaker did not know that per jet was estimated to be $12.5 million and thought that the destruction of the jets would help solve debt problems. Diefenbaker then checked over with the Canadian Federal Government to destroy the 6 jets and risk the country because of money. It then became a $400 million scrape piles thrown away.
    All-in-all, the Avro Arrow never went missing; it was just destroyed because of debt. Hopefully you enjoyed this theory why I think the Avro Arrow went missing and what happened over time.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      June 4, 2015 at 10:33 am

      Very comprehensive Jewel! Thanks 🙂

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