When it first flew in 1957, the Avro Arrow was the world's
best supersonic combat aircraft. Designed to protect Canada
against the military threat posed by the Soviet Union, 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.
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.