THE CF-105 AVRO ARROW: 1958-1959
The Avro Arrow was born out of the neccessity for the protection of Canada. During the height of the Cold War (1950ï¿½s) era, the soviets had introduced new long range bombers, that were capable of flying over the North Pole to attack North America. This was a very serious threat as the continent lived in fear of a surprise nuclear attack.
Its role was to replace the Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck as a supersonic all weather interceptor.
Canadaï¿½s then current fighter, the CF-100 Canuck, was a sub mach aircraft and not capable of filling this need so the design of the CF-105 Avro Arrow was implemented in 1953. Production was started and less then 4 years later, the Arrow was completed.
Roll out was October 4, 1957. First flight was March 25 1958.
A source of national pride, the Arrow incorporated advanced technical innovations and became a symbol of Canadian excellence. One of the finest achievements in Canadian aviation history, the delta wing Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow was never allowed to fulfill its mission. The Arrow weapons platform along with the Iroquois engine was cancelled by the Conservative Diefenbaker government February 20, 1959, less then 3 weeks before the MK2 Arrow was to take flight.