Sunday, July 16, 2017

Robot mission launched to retrieve Avro Arrow models

A plan was announced Friday to recover test models of the famed Avro CF-105 Arrow, a military project that could have brought Canada to the forefront of the aviation world. The Avro Arrow Fighter Jet Project was abruptly cancelled in 1959 by the Government of Canada after pressure from the US. All materials related to the project, including the six completed jets and production tooling, were ordered to be destroyed.

The only remaining pieces of the project lie at the bottom of Lake Ontario, test models about one-eighth of the size of the real jets. A mission involving the Royal Canadian Air Force and the robotics and sonar company Kraken Sonar Inc., plans to use high-tech sonar searching equipment to find and retrieve the models.