Senior Engineer, David Shea, worked for Kraken Sonar, one of the companies that helped to fund the “Raise The Arrow” expedition. He explained to the National Post why the prototypes at the bottom of the lake were so important.
“The government destroyed all the drawings, models and burned everything, so it wasn’t replicated. These models, at the bottom of Lake Ontario, are the only intact pieces of that whole program.”
The Arrow Program Gets Canceled
When it came down to it, the Canadian government had to make a tough decision. They couldn’t afford to fund more than one defensive system, and ultimately the Arrow program was canceled in 1959.
In its place, the Bomarc system was created. The program funded the creation of a long-range supersonic missile that would be able to fight off the threats presented by the Soviet’s artificial satellite. The program ultimately led to the creation of the Boeing CIM-10 Bomarc.
Getting Rid Of The Evidence
When the Arrow program was canceled, more than 50 thousand people lost their jobs. The Canadian Mounted Police had suspicions that a Soviet spy was among these former employees, had all evidence of the Avro Arrow destroyed.
This meant all planes, blueprints, data, and parts disappeared practically overnight. However, they completely forgot about the nine prototypes sitting at the bottom of Lake Ontario.
The Holy Grail
In addition to funding, Kraken Sonar also provided the explorers with the ThunderFish, which was able to take photos of the bottom of the lake. Of the nine prototypes that made it into the water, though, which one had the team discovered? While it may not seem important, there was one prototype model that was superior to the others.
Another Kraken Sonar employee, Karl Kenny, explained saying, “Back in the 1950s, there was no computer modeling to see how they’d fly, so the designers had to use a physical model. Then, it went back to the engineers for fine-tuning. The ninth model is the Holy Grail. They had it perfected.”
A Piece Of Lost Canadian History
Osisko Mining was another company that helped the “Raise The Arrow” expedition get off the ground. The director, CEO, and president of the company, John Burzynski, was excited to get involved in the program and eager to see what was discovered.
“As professional explorers in the mining business, we initiated this program about a year ago with the idea of bringing back a piece of lost Canadian history to the Canadian public,” Burzynski explained in an interview.