Friday, February 20, 2009


THREE ARROWS and parts to complete a total of 37 of the All-Canadian Interceptor.

We could had three squadrons of Arrows!

But then again, 50 years ago, today, was Black Friday.

Yup, February 20, 1959

PM John A. Diefenbaker stood up in the House of Commons (Canadian Parliament), at 11 am, and cancelled the Avro Arrow and Orenda Iroquois Projects on this date exactly 50 yrears ago.

And Crawford Gordon, President of A. V. Roe Canada, not one to be outdone by anybody, especially by a mindless bureaucrat…laid off every Avro Canada employee in the afternoon.

All 13, 500 of them!

No aircraft to manufacture…no need for employees!

(Photo Credits: RCAF, A. V. Roe Canada)

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