Search crews say they have found a test model of the Avro Arrow, an advanced Canadian fighter jet that was controversially scrapped in 1959, on the floor of Lake Ontario.
Members of the Raise the Arrow expedition unveiled still photographs and underwater video from a remote-operated vehicle on Friday morning in Toronto, confirming the discovery of the free-flight model.
It’s considered to be one of the most important events in Canadian aviation history, and a Newfoundland company has played a huge role. “We are honoured to be part of this discovery, and would like to thank our sponsors, project participants and supporters for their efforts in making it possible”.
Next year is the 60th anniversary of the first Avro Arrow flight.
The models were tested as one of the final steps in finalizing the flight design of the jet.
“We are so proud of our engineers who helped locate an Arrow free-flight model”.
Divers will be sent down on a “reconnaissance mission” soon to remove some of the mussels and debris and to try and to assess its integrity. In addition, the influx of the invasive zebra mussel has made it very hard to see anything, which is what made the use of the sonar so important.
For anyone hoping to catch a glimpse of the recovered artifacts, the discovered materials will all eventually be displayed at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa and the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton, Ont.
The Avro Arrow has been found.
An archaeological team led by Scarlett Janusas will now get to work on recovering the model.
OEX Recovery Group Incorporated (OEX), which is financially supported by a group of Canadian mining companies and financial institutions, recently announced the search for and recovery of these models.
OEX began its quest in July and has been using a small submersible to conduct its search in the waters of Lake Ontario.
It’s believed that nine three-metre-long, or one-eighth scale, models of the Arrow fitted with sensors were strapped onto rockets, and fired over the lake from Point Petre, near Prince Edward County more than 200 kilometres from Toronto. The Arrow was a symbol of Canadian manufacturing excellence.
“A high-priority target has been identified!”, the OEX Recovery Group announced. The RCAF, the Canadian Coast Guard, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum have also contributed to the mission.