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Rollout

On the 4th of October, 1957, RL201 was rolled out of production and introduced to the public of Canada and the world.

All VIPs at the Rollout Ceremony were given a folder with the details of all the VIPs, copies of the speeches, an agenda, a brochre entitled Supersonic terminology and of course photos and precis of the Arrow's highlights.  The Avro News had a commemorative Arrow Rollout edition printed for the day.

Speeches were made by:
Fred T. Smye, President and General Manager Avro Aircraft Limited
Air Marshall Hugh Campbell, Chief of the Air Staff
Honourable George R. Pearkes, V.C., Minister of National Defence, who also unveiled the AVRO Arrow, which was towed out of Hanger #1.

The Air Force Band played "March Past", the official anthem of the RCAF while CF-100s flew low over the crowd.

Some of the Rollout VIPs

George Pearkes,V.C., Minister of National Defence, Canada

General C. Foulkes, CB, CBE, DSO, MC, Croix de Guerre, Chief of Staff, Department of National Defence
Air Marshall Hugh Campbell, CBE, CD, US Legion of Merit, Degree of Commander, Bsc, LLD, Chief of the Air Staff
Air Vice Marshall C.R. Dunlop, CBE, Bsc, Vice Chief of the Air Staff
Air Vice Marshall Max M. Hendrick, Air Member for Technical Services, RCAF
Air Vice Marshall L.E. Wray, AOC, Air Defence Command, RCAF

John.A.D. McCurdy, first man to fly a powered airplane in Canada
Major General K. Berquist, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff-Operations, USAF
General  Leon Johnston, USAF, Representative, NATO Standing Committee.

Sir Roy Dobson, Chairman of the Board, A.V. Roe Canada Ltd.
Wilf A. Curtis, Air Marshall retired, Vice Chairman of the Board, A.V. Roe Canada Ltd.
Jim Floyd
Crawford Gordon, President and General Manager, A.V. Roe Canada Ltd.
Crawford Gordon, son of Crawford Gordon, President and General Manager, A.V. Roe Canada Ltd.
W.R. McLachlan, Executive Vice President, A.V. Roe Canada Ltd.
Harvey Smith,Vice President Manufacturing, Avro Aircraft Ltd.
Fred T. Smye, President and General Manager Avro Aircraft Limited
John S.D. Tory, Director, A.V. Roe Canada Ltd.
Harry Belfort, Production Shop Manager, A.V. Roe Canada Ltd.
Harry Graham, President of Lodge 717, International Association of Machinists

Newspaper Articles of the Rollout Ceremony:

What would have been major front page news in the Toronto newspapers in the Saturday Editions ended up being on page five (5) of both the Glode and Mail and the Toronto Star due to the successful launch of Sputnik by the U.S.S.R. on the same day of the rollout.  The Globe and Mail did have a picture of the Arrow on page one overshadowed by the huge headline of "RUSSIA LAUNCHES FIRST SATELLITE".



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