More than 50 years after its demise, the CF-105 Arrow still evokes mixed emotions. Not only the Arrow, but all of Avro Canada’s postwar projects were significant undertakings for this country’s aircraft industry. Avro Canada and Orenda Engines were really “the” places to work for during the period of 1945 to 1959. Unfortunately, a few of these projects would never be fulfilled.
Marc-André Valiquette is writing a four-volume series (the first ever in a bilingual format) that also for the first time tells the entire story of the Malton plant, from its creation in 1938 until its demolition in 2003.
The series consists of four volumes:
- The first volume, A. V. Roe Canada’s “Per Ardua Ad Astra”, was launched on July 1st 2009 at Canada’s Air and Space Museum (Ottawa). It recounts the rise of the company, from its birth as National Steel Car up to the manufacturing of the CF-105 Arrow. The subjects covered include; Second World War achievements, post-war adaptation, the Jetliner, CF-100, CF-103 and the start of the CF-105 project.
- The second volume, Supersonic Dreams – At the dawn of a new era, is dedicated to the Arrow, from its rollout to the RCAF’s acquisition of the Bomarc missile. This volume was launched on February 20th 2010 at the Canadian Air & Space Museum in Toronto.
- The third volume, Seeds of Suspicion, deals with the final weeks of the Arrow project until its cancellation on February 20th 1959. A unique behind-the-scenes look is provided through never-before-seen documents. (Launch March 26th 2011).
- The fourth and final volume, Master in our own house?, discusses the project cancellation, the destruction of aircraft, engines and materials, post-Arrow projects, “Avroites” reunions and work at the Malton and Orenda plants until the Malton plant’s demolition in 2003 (Launch Fall 2011).