Avro Arrow Documentary

jwp_145

GhostRider in the Sky
Here is a great documentary about the Avro Arrow, interviews with a lot of people responsible for the creation, and destruction, of the Arrow.

For those of you who don't know what the arrow is, it was one of the most spectacularly performing interceptor aircraft of all time, created by the AV Roe company in Canada. It is known as one of the biggest tragedies in Canadian Industry, victim of political wrangling.

Many of the engineers who created the Arrow went on to the Apollo program in NASA, known as the Great Braindrain.

 

Pilot Fighter

Well-Known Member
Here is a great documentary about the Avro Arrow, interviews with a lot of people responsible for the creation, and destruction, of the Arrow.

For those of you who don't know what the arrow is, it was one of the most spectacularly performing interceptor aircraft of all time, created by the AV Roe company in Canada. It is known as one of the biggest tragedies in Canadian Industry, victim of political wrangling.

Many of the engineers who created the Arrow went on to the Apollo program in NASA, known as the Great Braindrain.

Nice documentary that dismisses much of the mythology associated with the Arrow.
 

jwp_145

GhostRider in the Sky
Nice documentary that dismisses much of the mythology associated with the Arrow.
Have you ever seen the Canadian made for TV movie about the Arrow with Dan Akroyd? It is garbage factually, but a good watch. Saw it on TCM a few years back. They actually created an accurate Arrow mockup for the movie.
 

Lawman

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Have you ever seen the Canadian made for TV movie about the Arrow with Dan Akroyd? It is garbage factually, but a good watch. Saw it on TCM a few years back. They actually created an accurate Arrow mockup for the movie.


Unfortunately every Maple Syrup blooded Canadian Aviation Fanboy has seen that movie....

Lots of great stuff being put into the Arrow program at the time it was built. Its one of those odd ball "wow I didnt think that would work as well as it did" programs out there. Kinda like the F-104, B-58, or the RA-5C they were very strange concepts that turned out to work a lot better at more than just their narrow niche requirements they were originally built too. Unfortunately the Arrow has somehow morphed into some sort of unbeatable incredible super fighter that somehow predates concepts like area rule and solid state electronics but is still a viable aircraft to some people.

If you look up the F-108 Rapier program you will see an almost identical aircraft as far as capes and equipment. And guess what... we didnt build that either.
 
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