February 20 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the cancellation of the Avro Arrow project, an event which has come to be known as ‘Black Friday.’ In commemoration of this significant date in aviation history, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum is inviting two of its volunteers —both experts on the subject — to share their insights on the revolutionary Arrow and the great Canadian story it represents.
During your tour, stop by and hear from:
- Terry Leversedge
Terry will discuss how the CF-105 Arrow was an extremely sophisticated second-generation fighter for its time, exhibiting many of the same characteristics as today’s fifth-generation fighter aircraft.
- Dr. Bert Frandsen
Bert will talk about the geopolitical climate during the Cold War that led to the development of the Avro Arrow, and will discuss the reasons for its cancellation.
Join the conversation, ask questions, and learn more about the story behind Canada’s Black Friday! There’s no need to register; simply drop in between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
About the experts
Brigadier-General (Retired) Terry Leversedge spent 40 years as an aerospace engineer in the RCAF and later as an aviation consultant. In the Air Force, he worked primarily as a structural engineer on fighter and trainer aircraft, and his positions included running both field maintenance organizations and various aerospace engineering programs at headquarters. He is currently a volunteer at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and the author of several published aviation books, including one about the CF-105 Arrow.
After serving in the Canadian Armed Forces for 37 years as a logistics officer, strategic analyst, and military educator, Bert Frandsen taught history at the Royal Military College of Canada. His 2015 PhD dissertation was titled, "The Rise and Fall of Canada's Cold War Air Force, 1948-1968." He is currently a volunteer at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.