A year-long effort to locate nine historically significant 1/8 scale test models of the Avro Arrow in Lake Ontario is paying off with the announcement that one has been discovered near Point Petre, Ontario.
As previously reported, the models were strapped to rockets and deployed over the lake while the Arrow, a massive cold war interceptor, was in development in the mid-1950s. They serve as a rare, tangible connection to the Arrow project, which was eventually cancelled due to to excessive costs, resulting in all completed airframes and engines, as well as associated tooling and components, being destroyed.
The team, which is made up of several private companies with assistance from the Canadian Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Military Institute, is utilizing state-of-the-art equipment in the search, including a ThunderFish underwater vehicle and AquaPix sonar system. The effort received its first encouraging sign last month with the discovery of one of the Nike booster rockets used for launching.
The discovery of the model was confirmed by sonar imagery and underwater video footage that can be seen below. It has been reported that this important artifact will be given a new home at either the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa or the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton.
Sonar imagery and underwater video footage confirms location of an iconic Avro Arrow flight test model at the bottom of Lake Ontario, near Point Petre, Ontario.
Posted by Raise the Arrow on Friday, September 8, 2017