A free-flight model of the famed Avro Arrow interceptor has been located on the rocky bottom of Lake Ontario, confirmed members of the Raise the Arrow search team on Sept. 8, 2017.
One of a series of models launched from Point Petre, Ont., between 1955 and 1957, the artifact was located using a sophisticated battery-powered remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that is capable of taking sonar images, pictures and underwater video.
Covered in zebra mussels and showing evidence of impact damage, the finding of the first model has led to widespread excitement among searchers and Canadians alike.
John Burzynski, Raise the Arrow expedition leader and the head of OEX Recovery Group, which is leading the expedition, told members of the press that the Arrow project was really about people and the realization of dreams and accomplishments–and then ultimately, the bitter taste of defeat when the program was abruptly cancelled by the John Diefenbaker government in 1959. Read More…
Avro technicians prepare an Avro Arrow test model attached to a Nike booster rocket to fire out over Lake Ontario at Point Petre in the 1950s. Kraken Sonar Inc. Photo