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Toronto law firm helps discover Avro Arrow

Friday, September 08, 2017 @ 3:26 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

The Avro Arrow has been found.

Well, technically, it's a free-flight Avro Arrow model that was part of Avro Canada's test program, but it's exactly what the Raise the Arrow expedition project was hoping to detect on the floor of Lake Ontario.


Sander Grieve

The hunt for the long-missing part of Canadian aviation history has been led by the OEX Recovery Group Inc., which is sponsored by the Osisko group of companies and a number of its partners. Among those partners is Bennett Jones LLP. The firm is providing pro bono legal advice for the expedition. Sander Grieve, who is a Bennett Jones partner as well head of mining and co-head of corporate, is spearheading the firm's involvement.

On Sept. 8, the team looking for the model announced it has sonar imagery and underwater video footage captured by a remotely operated vehicle confirming the discovery.

"We are very pleased and tremendously proud to announce we have discovered the first example of one of the free-flight Arrow models, said John Burzynski, Raise the Arrow expedition leader and CEO of Osisko Mining.

"We hope to have other discoveries as we continue the program, and are now working on planning a recovery of this first Arrow model. The Arrow is an important — and passionate — part of Canada's aviation and technological history as a reminder of what Canadians are capable of achieving. We are honoured to be part of this discovery, and would like to thank our sponsors, project participants and supporters for their efforts in making it possible."  

For now, the model will stay submerged until it can be cleaned of zebra mussels and other biomasses that have attached themselves to the Arrow. It will also be subjected to archaeological examination and studies. Any models that are pulled up from the lake are destined to be displayed at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa and the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton, Ont. 

This model would have been part of a test program conducted at Point Petre between 1955 and 1957. The models were tested to help determine the final design and configuration of Avro's state-of-the-art jet.