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avro-arrow-1.JPGOn February 2nd 1959 a Trans Canada Airlines Viscount landed wheels up at Malton Airport, blocking the main runway. Test Pilot Peter Cope diverted to RCAF Station Trenton the only time the Avro Arrow landed anywhere but at Malton. The aircraft stayed overnight and departed with “Spud” Potocki at the controls the next morning. Photos by BGen R. M. Cox

avro-arrow-2.JPG“Some people talk about courage. Well, we took a stand in reference to the ‘Arrow.’ No one wanted to take that stand…. As I look back on it, I think it was one of the decisions that was right. Here was an instrument beautiful in appearance, powerful, a tribute to Canadian production…. This instrument that was otherwise beautiful, magnificent in its concept, would have contributed little, in the changing order of things, to our national defence.”

Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker – January 25, 1963, House of Commons.

One Comment

  • Hon Col (ret) Phil Richardson

    January 2, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    That day, my Dad, WO2 Ben Richardson, took me, his eleven year old son, to the flight line at Trenton to see the Arrow. I walked up in excitement as i peered up at this tall aircraft which needed an extension ladder to allow the pilot to exit. I reached out and touched the forward landing gear…I remember my feelings of awe very well.

    On the occasion of the inauguration of the replica Arrow at Downsview on October 5, 2006, I was given the honour of representing 22 Wing. Arriving early, our Captain and I walked into the hanger and we were alone with the Arrow. Just as I had done 47 years before, I walked up to it, reached out and touched its forward landing gear…and I felt my father standing beside me once again.

    Honorary Colonel (retired) Phil Richardson