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The Avro Hangars
Page 1 of Mike's Log
22 July 2003 - 1147hrs (CDT)
From my vantage point today, I can see that Bay 1 where the Avro Arrow Rollout occurred is still intact except for its' west wall. All the other bays that were attached to Bay 1 have been reduced to dust and are at ground level with none of the structures remaining. The building that abutted those bays to the north of them is still intact however "for the moment".
I get the definite feeling that the GTAA is trying their "level" best to keep the destruction away from the public eye on Airport Road for as long as they can. What better way to destroy a part of our heritage that can not be easily seen from the public areas of the airport. I can well imagine that we will drive by some Monday morning and see that our Aviation Heritage has been forever totally eradicated from the planet. Are Diefenbaker's relatives in the demolition business too?
Thank heavens that we have men like John Hildebrandt and the people of Barry's Bay who as we speak, are erecting a building, installing a 1/4 scale Arrow Replica pointed skyward as well as a monument to A.V. Roe and that great test pilot Jan Zurakowski, Barry's Bay's most famous resident. This man and the men and women of Avro Canada put Canada on the forefront of aviation in March 1958 by giving us a fabulous military jet aircraft whose real capabilities will never be known. All of this was achieved whilst other countries "were still in the doodling stage". In so doing, Avro gave Canada an icon, a dream, a memory and a Legend!
"They can destroy the buildings but they will never destroy the dreams and memories of opportunity lost."
29 July 2--3 - 1545 hrs (CDT)
again I had the misfortune of getting my hands on that
"Jaws of Death" were working at a never ending pace
believe that I was correct in my previous assumption when I
I have also
noticed that the fantastic silhouette of the CF-105 Avro
of you who did not have the pleasure of being invited to the
If you do
view this web site, I am sure that the many pictures taken of
Well, that's my opinion...thanks for listening!