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

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Crawford Gordon
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Kate O'Hara
Ron White ...
Jack Woodman
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Jim Chamberlin
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James (Jim) Floyd
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Fred Smye
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Edward Critchley
David Brown ...
Joe Paloffski (as Dave Brown)
Catherine Fitch ...
Ruby Paloffski
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C.D. Howe
Robert Haley ...
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George Hees
Mauralea Austin ...
June Callwood
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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 <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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The right stuff. The wrong time.

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12 January 1997 (Canada)  »

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Gyorsan, mint a nyíl  »

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$7,800,000 (estimated)
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To make the Avro Arrow fly they filmed radio controlled models of the Arrow from a helicopter. See more »

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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 »

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Great story of engineering success and political failure
23 April 2004 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed the movie! Given, I am a sucker for films about aviation, space, and engineering. About an all-Canadian interceptor/fighter built in the late '50's, that was years (if not decades) ahead of its time. The true story shows the development of The Arrow, a plane capable of Mach 2, but also the politics that ultimately doom the project. I am glad that it was not ALL "blame the Americans" as it showed Canadian internal politics, personality conflicts, personal flaws..... and ........ yes....... The Americans (who didn't want the competition in aviation from North of the border).

This ranks right up there with space and aviation films like THE RIGHT STUFF, and FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON. It is also a great story of concepts ahead of their time getting squashed, like the film TUCKER: A Man and His Dream. A similar story might be (though not yet on film to my knowledge) about Jack Northrop and his flying wing which had a similar development and fate in the US. Of course, Northrop's concept was validated with the B-2...... But, I digress........

Though the budget was low (a Canadian Mini-series, after all), they did the most with what they had. The choice of R/C models for most of the flying scenes was a good choice! It gave the look of the film an organic feel, as opposed to the CG effects, which were so-so. I hope they donated the full-size mock-ups to a museum!

If you love stories about aviation, space, engineering, or cold war history, this is one to find on tape or DVD, or search for on cable! A must see!


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