60th Anniversary (Black Friday)
February 20th, 1959
During the summer of 1958, Avro Arrow RL 201 points its nose toward the burning blue, powering its way to an altitude that became classified information during the late stages of the Arrow program. The Arrow was created as a supersonic interceptor designed to protect and patrol the Canadian north in the event of an attack from Soviet bomber aircraft. The Arrow was ahead of its time in all facets of performance and design.
Arrow number three was scheduled to attain a combat ceiling of 68,000 feet at a speed of Mach 2.5, unheard of performance data for the late 1950’s. Arrows 4 & 5 were starting their test flights and were scheduled for further performance criteria.
February 20, 1959 became known as Black Friday, due to the decision of the Canadian government to terminate the Arrow program. With this program cancellation a severe blow was inflicted on the Canadian aviation industry. The personnel from the program found immediate employment with N.A.S.A. south of the border. Their skills and knowledge were the backbone of the United States space program.
The original painting has been vibrantly reproduced on canvas 24”x30”, in an edition of 201 only, signed and numbered by the artist, W. K. Barnes, in remembrance of the first Arrow RL 201 and the Avro Arrow program. It has been 60 years since the cancellation of the Arrow but its memory is still entrenched in the hearts of Canadian aviation historians and enthusiasts.
$325.00 plus HST, S&H.
24 in. by 30 in. Canvas Print
Limited edition run of 201 prints.
Price is subject to change. Call or visit Panther Hobbies to place your order.