Title: Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow

The CF-105 Arrow was an advanced delta-wing interceptor developed by Avro Canada in the mid-1950’s promising speeds over Mach 2 and altitudes over 50,000 ft. It was intended to be powered by a new Canadian engine, the Orenda Iroquois. The prototype first flew in March 1958 using Pratt & Whitney J75 engines as the lighter and more powerful Iroquois was not yet ready.

The aircraft was designed to be built on production tooling skipping the traditional prototype phase, but in spite of this the prototype performed smoothly and went supersonic on its third flight. Although 5 examples had entered the flight test program and it was progressing well, in February 1959 in a highly controversial move, the Canadian government abruptly cancelled the Arrow aircraft program and the Iroquois engine program.

Attempts were made to sell the program to the UK or the USA, but were unsuccessful and within two months of the cancellation, all aircraft, tooling and documentation was ordered destroyed by the Canadian government. The Avro company was effectively shut down and the talented workforce scattered elsewhere, with many moving south to the USA.

This title contains the manufacturer’s preliminary flight manual (titled Aircraft Operating Instructions) for the CF-105 Arrow along with two manufacturer’s technical reports and a collection of photographs. The files have been scanned from the original flight manuals and retain any colour pages.



This title contains:

  • Manufacturer’s Preliminary Aircraft Operating Instructions (flight manual) for the Avro Canada Arrow I, dated January 1959 with approx. 142 pages.
  • Manufacturer’s Descriptive data and engineering drawings, undated with approx. 13 pages.
  • Manufacturer’s Technical Report titled “C-105 Structure”, a short summary of the structural design of the CF-105, stamped 1956 with approx. 32 pages.
  • Collection of 54 various sized photographs of the CF-105 Arrow.