OTTAWA, Monday July 25, 2016 – The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is thrilled to announce its newest Google Cultural Institute exhibit “Canada’s Jet-Age Dream: The Avro Arrow.” The Museum’s collection of archival images and artifacts relating to the story of the Avro Arrow is now online, ready to be viewed here.
Between 1952 and 1959, Avro Canada developed an advanced all-weather fighter inceptor called the CF-105 Arrow. This aircraft, with its futuristic, delta-wing design, captured Canadians’ imaginations in a way few projects have, before or since. Virtual visitors to the exhibition will learn more about the Avro Arrow designers and developers, the impressive “first” achieved by the Avro Canada team and the chronology of the Avro Arrow story.
The Google Cultural Institute is a virtual museum platform provided by Google to museums and archives worldwide in an effort to make important cultural material available and accessible to everyone and to preserve it digitally to educate and inspire future generations. It brings together millions of artifacts from hundreds of institutions into one virtual museum to be explored by everyone across the globe. This is the second Google Cultural Institute exhibition offered by the museums of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. The first exhibition developed by the CSTMC, also the first on offer from a federal museum in Canada, was “Cycling: The Evolution of an Experience, 1818-1900.”
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum has the largest surviving piece of an Avro Arrow – its nose section – on display in the Jet Age exhibition. When the aircraft was dismantled in 1959, this piece was used as a pressure chamber at the Institute of Aviation Medicine in Toronto and donated to the Museum in 1965.
“We are proud to partner once again with the Google Cultural Institute for another great project. Initiatives such as these allow Canadians to gain greater access to their national science and technology collection and support the Corporation’s quest to make the information and the artifacts in its custody available around the world.”
- Alex Benay, President and CEO, Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
About the Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is Canada’s national museum of aviation and space and houses the most extensive collection of aircraft and space exploration artifacts in the country. Located at an active airport, the Museum offers vintage aircraft and helicopter rides during the summer and simulator rides all year long. Cited as one of the top ten aviation and space museums in the world according to a recent CNN survey, the Museum hosts thousands of visitors each year. For more information please visit casmuseum.techno-science.ca.