The CF-105, also known as the AVRO Arrow, was a jet interceptor aircraft designed, built and flown in Malton (now within the City of Mississauga) between 1957 and 1959. The plane was hailed as being ahead of its time, and became a source of National pride in Canada. The cancellation and subsequent destruction of the Arrow, and of its component parts left many thousands of people out of work on a day which became known as “Black Friday”.
The story of the AVRO Arrow continues to fascinate historians and enthusiasts to this day. There are many, many books that look at different aspects of its development and destruction, and many more that investigate the conspiracy rumours. The story of the AVRO Arrow is a story that refuses to stay quiet, to disappear.
The articles listed below were published in The Heritage News between 2007 and 2009, marking the various 50th Anniversaries of the AVRO Arrow. They offer a glimpse into the history and the legend of this remarkable aircraft.