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Famed Avro Arrow

A new commemorative full-scale model of Canada's famous Avro Arrow aircraft, constructed by the Toronto Aerospace Museum, will be officially unveiled.


September 19, 2007
By Carey Fredericks

A new commemorative full-scale model of Canada's famous Avro Arrow aircraft, constructed by the Toronto Aerospace Museum, will be officially unveiled to the public at Downsview Park on Sunday, October 8, 2006 at 2:00 pm Æ celebrating the 49th Anniversary of the rollout of the first Avro Arrow in October 1957. This full-scale version is the only museum-quality model of the Avro Arrow in existence.

The Avro CF-105 Arrow was a twin-engine supersonic interceptor aircraft designed and built in the Toronto region. It attained legendary status as an icon of Canadian aeronautical achievement in the 1950s. Five aircraft were produced, test flown and successfully exceeded the RCAF requirements, until production was abruptly halted in 1959. All the aircraft were destroyed, sparking a controversy that continues to this day. The Avro Arrow has been the subject of numerous books, songs, articles, plays, documentaries and a
television film.

The commemorative model was built, over the past eight years, to the exacting size and specifications of the original aircraft, by 140 dedicated volunteers with the support of public donations and corporate sponsors. Measuring 80ft (24m) in length with a 50ft (15M) wingspan, it will be a treasured addition to the Museum's permanent collection where it will remain on display for the enjoyment and education of Museum visitors for years to come.

The public ceremony will take place on Sunday, October 8, 2006 at 2:00 pm at the Toronto Aerospace Museum. Special previews for Museum Members, Volunteers and a Gala Fundraising Dinner will be held on days prior to the public unveiling. Admission to the Museum and public ceremony will be Pay What You Can (PWYC). The Museum will also be open on Monday, October 9, 2006 (Thanksgiving Day) from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with PWYC admission.

Regular Museum hours are: Wednesdays 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Thursdays to Saturdays (and Holiday Mondays) 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sundays 12:00 noonto 4:00 pm. Admission is: Adults $8.00, Seniors $6.00, Students $5.00 and Families $20.00.

The Toronto Aerospace Museum (TAM) is an exciting educational, heritage and tourist attraction in Downsview Park located in one of Canada's oldest intact aircraft factories, established by the de Havilland company in 1929. Founded in 1997, the not-for-profit Museum displays a variety of aircraft and aerospace technology from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Downsview Park is a unique urban recreational green space, a safe and peaceful place, developed according to the principles of environmental, economic and social sustainability, for Canadians to enjoy in all seasons. The Park reflects Canada's mosaic brilliance and celebrates its past, present and future accomplishments. The Toronto Aerospace Museum is located in Downsview Park, at 65 Carl Hall Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3K 2E1. For further information, call 416-638-6078, email tam@bellnet.ca or visit the museum web site: www.torontoaerospacemuseum.com. Information on Downsview Park can be found at www.pdp.ca.