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ARROW - From Dream
Why was the Arrow
project killed? Who ordered the destruction of the completed Arrows and
why? These questions and more are explored in this thought provoking
account of Canada's greatest aviation achievement. "ARROW... From
Dream to Destruction" is a sequel to Aviation Videos Ltd. very
popular "AVRO ARROW...CF-105" produced in 1988.
This 60 minute video has
been produced from over 10 hours of original Avro Aircraft colour film
footage and is the most detailed look at the whole Arrow program to
date. It makes an excellent companion to the 1988 production with
minimal overlap of footage between the two productions. Close to 90% of
the scenes feature new Avro footage, much of it never before seen by the
design, wind tunnel testing, free flight models, construction, ejector
seat testing, roll out ceremonies, taxi trials, Arrow's first flight,
and extensive coverage of the flight testing program. Superb historical
footage of all five Arrows that flew. Also included is the Iroquois
engine development, with B-47 engine test flights, and installation in
Arrow 206. The Astra-Sparrow armament system, including actual Sparrow
missile test launches is also featured. A wonderful collector's item.
Colour, 60 minutes
BUILDING THE ARROW
Follow the Arrow's
progression from the drawing board to the roll out ceremonies. See in
detail how the Avro CF-105 Arrow was built as it moved down the assembly
line. Produced from original Avro Aircraft colour film footage, it makes
an excellent companion to any of our other Arrow videos. Coverage
includes the Arrow's design, construction of wooden and metal mock-ups,
construction of major components and their assembly into a complete
Colour, 45 minutes
AVRO ARROW ...
It was a plane 20 years
ahead of its time, scrapped by a government that was out of touch with
the times. Now the Arrow once again takes to the air, if only on your
Compiled from rare
colour film footage shot by Avro Aircraft this is a tribute to a great
aircraft and to everyone who worked on it. See the Arrow from design
through to its many test flights. Rare scenes include: design work, wind
tunnel tests, model test flights, aircraft assembly, engine testing, and
the Arrow's first flight. Beautiful shots of all five Arrows that were
completed, and in the end, the Arrow's final destruction.
Colour, 32 minutes
CF-105 ... Avro
Arrow Enthusiast Edition
Even with our one hour
From Dream to Destruction" we still got requests for more
footage on the Arrow. These requests came from modellers looking for
more detailed information, to those who just could not get enough of a
Canadian aircraft that was the best in the world. For all of the
Arrowheads out there we have put together a special selection of 120
minutes of footage on the Arrow.
This SILENT two hour
video was compiled from nine original Avro Aircraft 16mm films shot
during the Arrow's construction and testing program. It contains
excellent reference material with numerous scenes of the Arrow,
including its ground support equipment.
The nine SILENT films,
nearly all in colour are:
ARROW 202 IN FLIGHT,
ARROW GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT,
ARROW 201 ENGINE TESTING,
AVRO ARROW ASSEMBLY,
ARROW ESCAPE TRIALS,
3D MODEL OF ARROW PRODUCTION LINE, and
ARROW TAXI TRIALS.
Colour and B&W,
120 minutes, ALL SILENT
The story of Avro's
experimental "flying saucer", the Avrocar. It was the result
of Avro's research into vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft.
Research and development started in the mid 1950s but development was
cancelled in 1961 after flight stability problems could not be overcome.
Rare footage include: design and construction of the craft, wind tunnel
tests, and many of its tethered and free flight tests.
Colour, 25 minutes
Story of the RCAF Lancaster
presentation is dedicated to the memory of Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski,
V.C., and the over 18,000 airmen of the RCAF who gave their lives during
World War II. It highlights the Canadian built Lancasters from their
construction at Victory Aircraft through to their use by the RCAF during
and following World War II. Scenes include the
development from its start as the Manchester bomber, construction in
Britain and Canada, bombing missions, sinking of the German battleship
TIRPITZ, and post war use in Canada by the RCAF. Included in the WWII
segment is the National Film Board of Canada production "TARGET BERLIN"
which was released in 1944.
A special feature of the
video covers the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's nine year
restoration program of the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster. Scenes in this
segment feature restoration work, test flights, the dedication
ceremonies, takeoffs and landings, and air to air shots. Today, the
Museum's Lancaster is the only one flying in North America, and one of
only two still flying in the world.
This video is a
co-production of Aviation Videos Limited and the National Film Board of
AVRO CANUCK ...
CF-100 All Weather Interceptor
The CF-100 was Avro
Aircraft's only aircraft to ever reach production. During 8 years of
production 692 aircraft were built. In this film the CF-100 is seen from
construction through to RCAF squadron use. Scenes include: assembly,
test flights, rocket firing tests, and aerobatics. This video contains
excellent air to air shots in addition to numerous takeoff and landings.
AVRO JETLINER ...
North America's First Jet Transport
The Avro Jetliner which
first flew in 1949 was North America's first jet transport. Numerous
U.S. airlines wanted it and the United States Air Force was ready to
order 20 for use as high altitude navigational trainers. Even the
legendary Howard Hughes was ready to buy 30 Jetliners for TWA. But in
the end, only one Jetliner was ever completed and flown.
Design began on the
Jetliner in 1946 and in the summer of 1949 the Avro Jetliner became the
first jet passenger aircraft to fly in North America. With a seven year
lead over the American competition, the Jetliner could easily have made
Canada a world leader in the construction of jet passenger aircraft. But
it was not to be.
Why was this? Why was
such a revolutionary aircraft destroyed less than eight years after its
first flight? These questions and more are answered in this 31 minute
video production on the Avro Aircraft C-102 Jetliner. In the end, the
Jetliner's failure to go into production proved to be as much a tragedy
for the Canadian aircraft industry as the Avro Arrow's cancellation in
Scenes in this
video include: Design work on the aircraft, construction of the two
prototypes, the Jetliner's first flight, along with excellent air to air
footage, and numerous take-offs and landing scenes from its many flights
throughout the United States and Canada. The story of the Jetliner's
sister ship, the
CF-100, is also
told. Scenes include: construction, test flights, and early
developmental problems. The Jetliner also served as a camera chase plane
for developmental testing on the CF-100. Some of the spectacular footage
shot from the Jetliner include: rocket pod test firings, canopy jettison
trials, and even a live ejection from 1,500 feet.
Colour and B&W,