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AVRO Arrow Artifacts Media Photo Opportunity Supports Mississauga's New Museum Collection Policy

Aug 26, 2013

The City of Mississauga will host a media photo opportunity with artifacts from the AVRO Arrow on Friday, August 30 at The International Centre. The AVRO Arrow artifacts were donated to the City of Mississauga in April by the estate of J.H. (Bert) Scott, Avro Test Engineer. Additional artifacts from the Canadian Air & Space Museum will also be on hand.

Event Details

A media photo opportunity including artifacts from the AVRO Arrow. In the future, the City will expand the museum's collection to offer more off-site exhibits on wider themes with the ultimate long term vision of developing a major museum to showcase Mississauga’s unique history. The AVRO Arrow artifacts are part of that unique history. In July, the City approved a new Museum’s Collection Policy that together with the Museum Collection Guideline outlines the care and handling of the City’s museum collection.

This rare glimpse of the Avro Arrow artifacts comes in advance of Doors Open Mississauga taking place on September 28 where additional artifacts including a full size replica of the AVRO Arrow will be on display at The International Centre, courtesy of the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS). Doors Open is part of Culture Days which takes place from September 27 to 29, 2013.

Mayor Hazel McCallion
Jim Tovey, Councillor, Ward 1
Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services, City of Mississauga
Susan Burt, Director, Culture Division, City of Mississauga
Jeremy Harvey, Chair, Museums of Mississauga Advisory Committee (MOMAC)
Michael Prescott, CEO, International Centre
Dany Lester, CFO, International Centre
Robert Cohen, CEO, Canadian Air & Space Museum
Linda Kafka, Marketing Director, SOFA, International Centre
Nick Samain, Group Manager, SME Canada

Friday, August 30, 2013
10 to 11 a.m.

The International Centre
6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
Hall 1, Upper Mezzanine
Free parking is available in front of Hall 1

About the Avro Arrow
The CF-105, or Avro Arrow as it was known, was a supersonic jet interceptor developed by A.V. Roe of Canada. Faster and more advanced than any other comparable aircraft, the Arrow was designed to carry air-to-air nuclear-tipped missiles to destroy Soviet bomb attacks over the Canadian North.

Prime Minister Diefenbaker was under pressure from the U.S. to join their defence plan by acquiring the American Bomarc missiles. Faced with the skyrocketing costs, and the inability to sell the Arrow to Europe or the U.S., Diefenbaker cancelled the project on February 20,1959. An angry A.V. Roe immediately fired his 14,000 employees, and the government ordered all plans and prototypes destroyed.

Cancelling the Arrow made good economic sense, but the effects were felt throughout Canada. Most of the scientists and engineers involved in the project moved to the U.S., and Canadians bemoaned the devastation of the Canadian aircraft industry. Negative public reaction marked the beginning of the decline of Diefenbaker's popularity, and led to his eventual defeat.
Source: The Historica-Dominion Institute

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