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Avro Arrow on the move from Downsview to Mississauga

A full-size model of the Avro Arrow is on the move from the Canadian Air & Space Museum at Downsview Park to Mississauga’s International Centre.

The full-scale $3-million replica of the ill-fated Avro CF-105 Arrow was built by volunteers, many of them former members of the military.

Production of the cutting-edge intercepter was halted and all planes were ordered scrapped by the Conservative government of John Diefenbaker in 1959.

The model will be unveiled at the official kick-off to Doors Open Mississauga on Sept. 28 and Mayor Hazel McCallion is expected to attend.The Arrow will then be on display at the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3.

Downsview Park evicted the museum and neighbouring tenants in September 2011 to make way for a four-rink ice complex. Everything but the facade of the old airplane factory is slated for demolition.

With files from The Canadian Press