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Who Killed the Avro Arrow?

Who Killed the Avro Arrow?    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-894864-68-8
Pages 256
Language English only
Price $18.95
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Written by Chris Gainor.
Published by Folklore Publishing, 2007.


The Avro Arrow vaulted Canada into the front ranks of the world's military aircraft design and manufacturing as the Cold War pitted world powers against each other. It brought together the most brilliant minds Canada had to offer. But less than a year after the Arrow's first test flight in March 1958, the program was cancelled and the few existing Avro Arrows and all their specs were put to the torch in a controversy that reverberates even today. Aerospace historian Chris Gainor explores the decades-old reasons for the cancellation of the Arrow in this detailed and well-balanced account:
  • Did Prime Minister John Diefenbaker cancel the Arrow program for political reasons?
  • What role did the U.S. government play in the Arrow's demise?
  • In a time when intercontinental ballistic missiles were becoming a real threat, was the Avro Arrow needed?
  • What was the impact of the Arrow's cancellation on Canada’s economy?
  • What happened to the brilliant team that helped create the Arrow?
  • What don't we know about the destruction of completed Arrows after the program was cancelled?
These are among the many questions that surround the aircraft that never really had a chance to fly. Who Killed the Avro Arrow is a fascinating examination of the international politics, pressures and personalities behind one of the most controversial decisions in Canadian history, the mothballing of an incredibly sophisticated jet fighter.

About the author: Chris Gainor is a historian and writer specializing in the history of technology, especially space exploration. He has written numerous books and articles on space technology and exploration including Canada in Space: The People & Stories behind Canada's Role in the Exploration of Space.

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