Avro Aircraft ArrowBook - 1996
At its creation in the 1950s the Avro Arrow was considered 20 years ahead of its time but the development program was cancelled for political reasons. This is the story of the aircraft featuring rare photos and surviving diagrams.
The illustrated memoir of the most advanced fighter jet of the 1950s.
At its creation in the mid-1950s, the Avro Arrow was a fighter jet without equal. This Cold War aircraft was twenty years ahead of its time. Unfortunately, political realities resulted in the complete termination of the Arrow project. Cancellation of the Arrow called for the destruction of all photos, drawings, models, specifications and tooling. Even the aircraft themselves were disassembled and destroyed.
Avro Arrow is a fascinating historical record with an extensive collection of rare and highly prized photos, drawings and diagrams. Using two hundred images, the book traces the story of the Arrow from its inception to roll out and flight test, including advanced proposals for the development of future version.
Primary sources include:
- Taped interviews, test pilots' firsthand impressions, Avro officials and many plant personnel
- Surviving company records
- Declassified government documents.
Diagrams offer stunning details such as the North American strategic defense zones and interception tactics proposed for bomber attacks. This book concentrates solely on the vision, design and technical excellence of the airplane itself rather than the politics of its demise.