Friday, February 20, 2009

Welcome to Black Friday

Fifty years ago today, Friday, February 20, 1959 (1959 and 2009 calendars right in sync) the order was given to cancel work on the Avro Arrow. Avro Canada laid off 14,500 people at Malton, Ontario, later that afternoon.

I'm persuaded by the arguments that the termination was necessary and inevitable, though we still avait the authoritative history to establish that. But having every completed plane cut to pieces for scrap... no.

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