As revealed earlier this month, some suggestions and plans have been put forward to resurrect the CF-105 Avro Arrow as an alternative to purchasing F-35 stealth fighter jets. While this relaunch was rejected by the government, the mere suggestion of such a plan compels us to examine the myths surrounding the legacy of the Arrow and the effects of this “broken dream” upon the Canadian psyche.
How do public perceptions of the Avro Arrow impact its true value and place within Canadian history?
Major-General Lewis MacKenzie maintains that even today, the basic design and platform of the Arrow exceed any current fighters, including the F-35.
But how realistic is it to transform a 1950s jet into a 21st-century fighting machine? Is the plea for an updated Avro Arrow feasible and beneficial, or merely sentimental and nostalgic?