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AVIATION HISTORY

Hughes MX-1179 system and Falcon
"conventional" missiles, or Genie
nuclear ones, all being developed in
the United States. These would be
housed in the huge bay in the belly of
the Arrow. Conveniently, during the
test flying phase, the bay was used to
carry test and recording equipment.
When the Hughes budget estimate
was deemed astronomical, the RCAF
awarded the contract to RCA-Victor,
which had submitted a ridiculously
low bid and had no experience in
such projects. The RCA Astra system
was to be paired with Sparrow II
"conventional" missiles. There were
also hints that the U.S. fire-control
systems were so highly classified that
the Americans might not share its
secrets with Canada. In any case, the
Arrow production carried on.

Black Friday
With all of that on its plate, it seemed
the Canadian government's politicians
threw up their hands. Their view was
that they couldn't afford the cost to
build a fleet of Arrows that they feared
would surely be obsolete soon, and it
was time to stop throwing good money
after bad. In not so many words, the
future Canada would be defenseless,
and they could do nothing about it.

from the Canadian government in Ottawa
to be sent in the afternoon. When it
came, the message was brutal: "The
Arrow and the Iroquois are canceled.
All work is to be stopped forthwith. No
further costs are to be incurred. No other
work will be made available."

Some 15,000 stunned Avro Canada workers had
been told to put away their tools, go home and to not
come back on Monday. The same applied to another
15,000 workers in the supply chain.
Some 15,000 stunned Avro Canada
workers had been told to put away their
tools, go home and to not come back on
Monday. The same applied to another
15,000 workers in the supply chain. In
Canada, everyone called it Black Friday.
Fred Smye, president of Avro, later
said in his book about the Arrow, "It
seems Canada's intent was to join the
Third World."

Total Destruction
The five Arrows in the flight test hangar,
and a dozen in the different stages of

Within a few days after Black Friday, the exodus
began. Soon, hundreds of engineers and scientists moved
to the United States, finding jobs at Boeing, Lockheed,
Grumman and Douglas.
On the morning of Friday, Feb. 20,
1959, the sixth Arrow, the first one
with the Iroquois engines, was at the
production hangar door, being readied
for its first flight in a few weeks' time. On
that morning, Avro Canada was alerted
to stand by for an important telegram
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was responsible for the travesty and
destruction. Was it the government?
The RCAF? Or was it Avro? Or the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police?
And why?
All of the aircraft were cut up with
saws and blowtorches. Everything was

production, belonged to the Canadian
government, as did the inventory of
parts and spares. But, rather than see
these aircraft used for research or even
offer them to museums, everything was
to be completely swept away. To this
day, there are arguments as to who

smelted down in furnaces. Nobody
could buy or take away any bits for
souvenirs. Trucks that carried away
the pieces were to be weighed, and
the smelted weight had to match what
came in the trucks. Even drawings
were burnt. Years of aeronautical
engineering were wiped out. Over at
the Orenda Engines factory, all of the
Iroquois work was likewise destroyed.
As for the workers, many had
moved to Malton, bought houses,
signed mortgages, started families
and hundreds of their children were in
the local schools. It all seemed unfair
and unnecessary. But who was to
be blamed?

The Aftermath
Within a few days after Black Friday,
the exodus began. Soon, hundreds of
engineers and scientists moved to the
United States, finding jobs at Boeing,
Lockheed, Grumman and Douglas.
Twenty-four found senior positions in
NASA, working on the Mercury, Gemini
and Apollo space programs. Others
went back to the United Kingdom. The
result was a serious "brain drain" from
Canada to those and other countries.
Within a week of Black Friday,
about 1,500 workers were recalled to
Avro where there was still a steady



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From the President
News & Events
Perspectives: Q&A With Nils Hallerstrom
Live from Austin
Fixing the Leaky Pipeline
ISTAT Certified Appraisers: Valuing Aircraft During Market Disruptions
Aviation History: The Avro Canada Arrow
A Tribute to Jack B. Feir
Appraisal: A330 Freighters and Boeing 777F
ISTAT Foundation: Thinking Globally
Advertiser Index
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