The Ottawa Sun

October 21, 1998

Long-lost Avro engines resurface in Ottawa

'National treasures' found gathering dust at National Research Council

BELLEVILLE (CP) -- Two jet engines that survived former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker's cancellation of the Avro Arrow have resurfaced at Ottawa's National Research Council.

"I was so excited when I first saw it, I couldn't believe it. Here was this national treasure just sitting there hidden away," said Mike Mcallister, who first noticed the Pratt and Whitney J-75 engines on a visit to Ottawa in March.

"I knew we had to get it out to the people to witness a piece of time no one should ever forget," he said.

Mcallister is a volunteer at the new Toronto Aerospace Museum, where one of the engines will be displayed. The exhibit is expected to open next month.

The second engine will go on public display here in Ottawa at the National Aviation Museum.

Robin Murray, CEO and president of the museum is still in disbelief the Arrow engines remain.

Everything related to the $500-million Arrow project had been ordered destroyed by the Department of National Defence, after Diefenbaker announced he was cancelling the project in favour of the U.S.-designed Bomarc missile.

"We're just stunned at our good fortune," said Murray "These engines are a great gift to the Canadian people."

The Pratt and Whitney engines were used in the first five CF-105 twin-engined interceptors.

Canadian-built Orenda Iroquois engines were installed in later models of the fighter, but never got off the ground. The day after it was deemed skyworthy, orders came to scrap the project.

The engine will be displayed next to the a full-size replica of the Arrow RL-203.

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