Visit PAMA to see the Avro Arrow while researchers recover old models of it from Lake Ontario
While researchers are scouring Lake Ontario for remnants of the Avro Arrow this summer, Peel residents can check out artifacts from the Canadian Air Force's historic fighter jet in the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives' (PAMA) current exhibit, Peel 150: Stories of Canada. Admission is FREE for July and August.
Searching for the Avro Arrow
The Avro CF-105 Arrow was a supersonic jet developed in Malton during the Cold War to intercept the Soviet Union's enemy bombers. A.V. Roe of Canada employed 50,000 people at the height of the Arrow's production in the late 1950s, making Peel a centre of the aerospace industry.
There were concerns as to whether these bomber interceptors would be irrelevant even before the classic plane was built. On February 20, 1959, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker told the House of Commons that the Arrow project was terminated.
Researchers are searching for the Arrow as part of Canada's 150th celebrations. The OEX Recovery Group is spearheading a team of researchers from the Canada 150 collaborative research and recovery project. It hopes to recover the model planes and place them in the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa and National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton, Ontario.
The team is looking for nine models that were tested over Lake Ontario in the 1950s. They were submerged in Lake Ontario when the project was cancelled. The models are one-eighth scale replicas of the jet and were part of the final flight design test work done before the CF-105 Arrow was produced.
Check PAMA's Avro Arrow Artifacts
While researchers search for the submerged models in Toronto, visitors can explore PAMA's Avro Arrow artifacts in downtown Brampton. PAMA has a shell of the cockpit mock-up from the jet's production version, which Avro Canada's engineers created in the 1950s. There are also images and digitized video footage, all part of PAMA's extensive permanent collection of artifacts that tell our community's story.
Visit pama.peelregion.ca for more information about PAMA and Peel 150: Stories of Canada.