The true story of how Canada built and destroyed the world's most advanced fighter plane back in the 1950s.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Crawford Gordon
Kate O'Hara
Jack Woodman
Jim Chamberlin
James (Jim) Floyd
Fred Smye
Ian D. Clark ...
Edward Critchley
David Brown ...
Joe Paloffski (as Dave Brown)
Catherine Fitch ...
Ruby Paloffski
C.D. Howe
Robert Haley ...
George Hees
Mauralea Austin ...
June Callwood


This series tells the story of the world's fastest fighter plane ever built, in 1950's Canada, and how the project was dropped due to political pressure from the United States. Written by Steve Richer <>

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The right stuff. The wrong time.


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Release Date:

12 January 1997 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Gyorsan, mint a nyíl  »

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$7,800,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


During The Arrow's first airing it gathered the second largest viewing audience in Canadian television's history - the first being Donovan Bailey's 100 meter run. See more »


Jim Chamberlain is depicted, in 1957, as having discovered the area-rule or "coke-bottle" shape for reducing compressibility during trans-sonic flight. The concept was in fact discovered by Richard Whitcomb at the Langely Research Center for which he received the 1954 Collier Award. The technical details were made public in 1955 and the F-102, F-104 and F-105 were already in service with this design. The wind-tunnel at Langely was able to allow Mach 2 testing of the Arrow because it too was using an area rule cross-section. See more »


Featured in The Greatest Canadian (2004) See more »

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Incredible drama
17 July 2001 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

Few movies are made of the aviation industry. Of course, the most popular, Top Gun was a fictional movie about the glory of flying. This movie, based on a true story, was amazing. First viewed it on CBC in December of 1997. I bought the movie direct from CBC I was so impressed. Dan Akroyd plays an executive with the "right stuff" to make Canada's Avro corporation a success. Character development was fabulous as you see how his professional and personal life affect each other. A few fictitious characters are introduced to help add depth. For example, one of the lead engineers is a female developed in this movie to represent all females who contributed to the Arrow's success. It is a true representation of the actual events. Political influence from the government in Canada's business sector. Governmental influence of the United States and Europe on Canada. The fight for political power within Canada. And the struggle for air superiority in the 1950's. It also is a very real portrayal of the challenges of producing an aircraft. The engineering team includes all facets of design. The unrealistic expectations and design specifications. But most importantly the dedication of the employees to make Canada a great country and respected in the political and economical arenas. This movie is a long, detailed drama that starts slow and keeps rolling down hill. I recommend that those with any interest in the aforementioned items, it is worth the time for your viewing pleasure and historical knowledge.

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