The Arrow II
Work on the Arrow II, a two-thirds replica of the jet interceptor made famous when its development was abruptly cancelled by the federal government in 1959, is progressing once again after a short hiatus brought work to a halt in the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Volunteers from Calgary’s Avro Museum, working at the museum’s Springbank airport hangar, recently rolled out the remains of the Learjet it had purchased after removing the two General Electric CJ 610-6 turbojet engines that destined to power the Arrow II, as well as other useful components such as the oxygen system and instrumentation. That allowed for the Arrow II to be repositioned in the space for work to continue.
The most recent task completed was the test-fitting and alignment of the Arrow II’s tail. The finished product will have room on board for one passenger in addition to the pilot.
More information, including photographs and videos, can be found on the museum’s website.
Malton Flight Garden
As reported in the November 21, 2019 issue of eFlight, the Mississauga, Ontario city council announced it would contribute $2.2 million toward the estimated $3.62 million cost of creating a full-size replica of the CF-105 Avro Arrow in the city’s Paul Coffey Park, already home to a replica of an CF-100 Avro Canuck. The park is located in Malton, since incorporated into Mississauga.
Despite some initial pushback (also reported in eFlight), the Malton Business Improvement Association announced recently that it had signed a contract with Stainless Outfitters of Barrie, Ontario for the fabrication and installation of the replica in the park’s Flight Garden. Additional funds from both corporate and individual donors had made up the funding shortfall.
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