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SPY PHOTO: Recovered AVRO Arrow restored and in service in Greenland.

Speculation the CF-105 is the genesis of a Greenlandic Airforce

(SNN) -  A recent spy photograph leaked to the Rooters News Agency located in Brussels shows what appears to be a vintage AVRO Canada CF-105 Arrow jet interceptor on the tarmac of a remote airfield in Greenland.

Speculation that Greenland has restored the recovered AVRO Arrow, which they secured on May 6th of 2013, has many political watchers concerned that the ice locked nation is developing their own air force.

Since the missing Arrow was located by climatologists on May 3rd of the same year, Greenland authorities have been tight lipped about the aircraft, only reporting that they had secured the recovery site and located the frozen body of a pilot, identified as being from the former Soviet controlled East Germany. Canadian authorities have not made efforts to confirm the information nor has the Greenland government allowed access to the salvage. 

Gorrick Olsvig, a Greenland Government spokesperson, reported last year, “I can report that we have secured the site of the crashed AVRO Canada CF-105 Arrow.” It was reported then that the aircraft was bound by ice, making recovery difficult. At that time, Olsvig had advised that the aircraft was claimed as international salvage.

The leaked photograph shows what is clearly an airframe of a vintage CF-105 AVRO Arrow. The tell-tale red markings have been changed to yellow and the RCAF maple leaf has been removed and exchanged for the flag of Greenland.  According to aviation expert Erich Hartmann, the aircraft in the photograph looks flight worthy, “I have examined the photo closely and I can confirm that it is the airframe of the CF-105. However, without more details I cannot state whether the airplane is complete. But, it looks in remarkable condition for its age.”

The AVRO Canada CF-105 Arrow was a delta-winged interceptor aircraft, designed and built by AVRO Canada beginning in 1953. The Arrow was considered to be the most advanced jet fighter of its time and a source of national pride for Canada.

First test flown in 1958, the program was pushing to production when it was abruptly halted. The controversy that followed resulted in the destruction of AVRO Canada, with many leaders in the industry leaving the country. The Arrow's cancellation was announced on the 20th of February 1959, a day that became known as "Black Friday" in the Canadian aviation industry.

Photo: "Altered image of airport - Avro Arrow" Some Rights Reserved by Visit Greenland flickr photostream, The Sage nor this aritisle endorsed. The original image can be found here.


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