THE AVRO ARROW - a mixed media work by Lance Russwurm

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The high point of aviation in Canada - cancelled by government stupidity. At the time, it was certainly the most advanced aircraft in the world. The cancellation of the project put over 20,000 highly skilled people out of work, many of whom went to work for the US on the Space Program. A case could be made that, perhaps we couldn't afford an aircraft this sophisticated but...the Diefenbaker Conservative government ordered all the existing aircraft to be cut up and sold as scrap - when various buyers were offering to buy them at market value! This was a mind boggling act of vandalism. If I wasn't a taxpayer, I'd be amused by the fact that the present day Government doesn't seem to be any more savvy on what we should buy for our fighter planes.

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