“The Avro Canada Story”

The Sywell Aviation Museum is proud to announce an exciting series of talks

to be held at the Cirrus Room, The Aviator Hotel Sywell, prior to the new season

Grand Opening on Easter Saturday, 20th April 2019.

Sunday 17th February 2019 at 14.30hrs:

“The Avro Canada Story”

by Brian Mann. MSc CEng FIET

Using some rare slides and videos, Brian describes the rise and demise of this innovative and far sighted aircraft and engine maker.

Before WW2, Canadian companies were already producing aircraft. The National Steel Car Company at Hamilton, Ontario, made Ansons, Lysanders, Hampdens and Hurricanes. Then during the war, this became the Victory Aircraft Company based at Malton, Ontario, where they also built versions of the Lancaster.

After the war, VAC became A.V. Roe Canada Ltd. further evolving into Avro Aircraft Ltd. and Orenda Engines Ltd. with a total labour force of 15,000.

The company produced many innovative designs including the C102 Jetliner, Avrocar, CF-100, the CF-105 Arrow, and the awesome Orenda Iroquois jet engine.

The demise of the company was brought about by cancellation of the Arrow on ‘Black Friday’ 20th February 1959, almost 60 years ago to the day from this talk.