Search for the 1950’s AVRO Arrow models
- Raise the Arrow: The AVRO Arrow would have been the world’s fastest supersonic interceptor jet in the 1950s, and would be held in equally high regard today, so progressive was its design. The program was considered to be too expensive and was shut down on what is now referred to as Black Friday, when ~15,000 people from the AVRO plant were laid off, and another ~15,000 were also let go from subsidiary companies supplying materials for the program. All planes were ordered destroyed, as well as all blueprints, and anything to do with program. As a result of this unusual approach to ending a program, many conspiracy theories have been put forth with regards to the so called real reasons for the programs demise. Scarlett Janusas is the project archaeologist for this exciting search for the 1950’s AVRO Arrow models. We have been conducting side scan sonar, ground truthing, and dive reconnaissance of a large area in Lake Ontario off Prince Edward County in waters ranging in depth from just a few metres to over 70 metres since 2017. In 2018 we raised a precursor to the model, a delta test tracking vehicle, and coordinated the conservation and display of the same. This is a world class project having attracted media from across the globe.