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Air Defence Museum displays collection of rare Avro Arrow artifacts

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CFB BAGOTVILLE, Que. - The Air Defence Museum at CFB Bagotville has put on display a selection of rare artifacts representing a key chapter in Canadian aviation history: the development of the Avro Arrow fighter jet.

A tail light, a pilot's control stick and a hydraulic access panel are among the items, part of a collection of Avro Arrow material that was recently donated to the museum, said curator Claude Chamberland.

The Canadian-designed Arrow was an advanced supersonic jet developed in the 1950s. Several prototypes were built but the project was shut down in 1959, and the aircraft never went into production.

"The Avro Arrow is now a mythical aircraft. It's a long, long story. Most of the documents and the aircraft were scrapped," said Chamberland. "Just a few artifacts survived this process."

Marc-Andr� Valiquette, a Montreal-based aviation author who has written extensively about the Arrow, donated the collection of 15 aircraft parts, 21 documents and eight photographs.

The museum, dedicated to the history of military aviation in Quebec, is open daily during the summer season, from June 7 to Sept. 1. Until then it is open by appointment.

CFB Bagotville is located 200 kilometres north of Quebec City.

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Online: bagotvillemuseum.ca/en

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