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Avro Arrow prototype found at bottom of Lake Ontario: expedition team

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WATCH ABOVE: An expedition team reveals photos and video of a prototype of the Avro Arrow found at the bottom of Lake Ontario – Sep 8, 2017

TORONTO – Search crews say they have found a test model of the Avro Arrow, an advanced Canadian fighter jet that was controversially scrapped in 1959, on the floor of Lake Ontario.

OEX Recovery Group, which is spearheading the Raise the Arrow expedition, says in a news release Thursday that new sonar imagery confirmed the discovery of an Avro Arrow free-flight model.

READ MORE: Mini-submarine launched in Lake Ontario to uncover the Avro Arrow

The company is promising that photos and video footage of the discovery will be revealed publicly Friday in Toronto.

WATCH: An expedition team has discovered an Avro Arrow prototype at the bottom of Lake Ontario and says that there are more jets than initially first thought.
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More jets than initially thought: Avro Arrow expedition displays found prototype – Sep 8, 2017

The mission to find nine models of the Avro Arrow began in late July near Point Petre, Ont., with a submarine scouring the waters of Lake Ontario.

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The expedition also is meant to coincide with next year’s 60th anniversary of Avro Arrow’s first test flight.

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The models were first launched from a military base in the 1950s as part of the development of the Avro Arrow, the first and only supersonic interceptor built by the Canadian military to counter potential Soviet bomber attacks in North America’s Arctic.

WATCH: First Avro Arrow test model discovered on bed of Lake Ontario. Mark Carcasole reports.

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First Avro Arrow test model discovered on bed of Lake Ontario – Sep 8, 2017
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All materials, including completed jets, were ordered to be destroyed when Ottawa abruptly cancelled the Avro Arrow project.

The models discovered the by search team will find new homes at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa and the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton, Ont.

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WATCH: Crew uses underwater sonar to try and locate Avro Arrow models at the bottom of Lake Ontario 
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Crew searches for Avro Arrow at bottom of Lake Ontario – Aug 11, 2017

 

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