Shutting Down the National Dream: A.V. Roe and the Tragedy of the Avro Arrow

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National Bestseller... Winner of the National Business Book award... And Now... A major Mini-Series The Arrow Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Sara Botsford, Ron White, Aidan Devine, Christopher Plummer, Michael Moriarty, Michael Ironside. Screenplay by: Keith Ross Leckie. Directed by: Don McBrearty. Produced by: The Film Works Ltd., Tapestry Films Ltd., John Aaron Productions Inc. In fourteen short, precocious years, from 1946 to 1959, A.V Roe Canada and its two subsidiaries, Avro Aircraft and Orenda Engines, almost single-handedly set the aviation world on its ear. Their designers and engineers were described by NATO's General Norstad as "just about the best team anywhere." By 1958, Avro had designed, and was about to produce, the most sophisticated piece of aviation design and technology the world had ever seen: the Arrow, decades in advance of world competition. Truly, they had redefined the national dream. But on February 20, 1959, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker cancelled the Arrow and, to ensure the annihilation, ordered the scrapping of the six existing planes. (Mysteriously, one of the aircraft may have escaped the cutters' torches, giving rise to the notion of a " Phantom Arrow.") In Shutting Down the National Dream author Greig Stewart tells the story behind the story of A.V Roe and the fabled Arrow. A story of the personalities-from Crawford Gordon, the charismatic, highrolling president of Avro Aircraft to the brilliant, but volatile chief designer Jim Chamberlin. A story of the right stuff at the wrong time. A tragedy of government errors. A love story of a nation, a plane, and a dream. "Governments and torches can destroy an aircraft, but they cannot destroy hope, and aspiration, and the majesty of the questing spirit. In the hearts of the people, the dream lives on."-Jan Zurakowski, Legendary Avro Arrow test pilot

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Greig Stewart's book Shutting Down The National Dream won the National Business Book Award when it published in 1989 and has now sold over 20,000 copies. Re-issued in paperback in 1996 to tie in with the "The Arrow" mini-series, the book was a Toronto Star best-seller. Greig Stewart lives in Elmvale, Ontario.

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