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Updated 31 Aug 2012

The Pilots


Only four pilots flew the AVRO Arrow during its lifespan. 

Janusz Zurakowski, ("Zura"), was the first pilot to fly an Arrow, 25201, and therefore is the name most remembered when talking about the pilots of the Arrow. Janusz Zurakowski flew the initial flights on 25201, 25202, and 25203. 

In actual fact, the most  hours flown on the Arrows and the fastest speed was by Wladyslaw Potocki ("Spud"). Wladyslaw Potocki was the only pilot to fly all five Arrows

The Arrow Pilots:

Janusz Zurakowski ("Zura"), Chief Test Pilot - Biography - Arrow Flight Log (23 hrs 45 mins)

Wladyslaw Potocki ("Spud") - Biography - Arrow Flight Log (34 hrs 35 mins)

Peter Cope - Biography - Arrow Flight Log (5 hrs 25 mins)

F/Lt. Jack Woodman, R.C.A.F. - Biography - Arrow Flight Log (6 hrs 45 mins)



Janusz Zurakowski ("Zura") - Arrow Flight Log (23 hrs 45 mins)
A/C # A/C Flt # Test Flt # Date Flying Time
Hrs:Mins
25201 1 1 25 Mar 1958 0:35
25201 2 2 1 Apr 1958 0:50
25201 3 3 3 Apr 1958 1:05
25201 4 4 15 Apr 1958 1:15
25201 5 5 17 Apr 1958 1:10
25201 6 6 18 Apr 1958 0:55
25201 7 7 18 Apr 1958 0:40
25201 10 10 7 Jun 1958 1:45
25201 11 11 11 Jun 1958 1:20
       Sub Total 9:35
25202 1 12 1 Aug 1958 1:35
25202 2 13 23 Aug 1958 1:00
25202 3 14 26 Aug 1958 1:05
25202 4 15 26 Aug 1958 1:00
25202 5 16 27 Aug 1958 1:05
25202 7 18 28 Aug 1958 1:20
25202 8 19 14 Sept 1958 1:05
25202 9 20 14 Sept 1958 1:10
25202 10 21 16 Sept 1958 1:10
25202 11 23 26 Sept 1958 1:05
25202 12 24 26 Sept 1958 1:00
       Sub Total 12:35
25203 1 22 22 Sept 1958 1:35
       Sub Total 1:35
      Grand Total  23:45

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Wladyslaw Potocki ("Spud") - Arrow Flight Log (34 hrs 35 mins)
A/C # A/C Flt # Test Flt # Date Flying Time
Hrs:Mins
25201 9 9 23 Apr 1958 0:45
25201 12 30 5 Oct 1958 1:20
25201 13 47 11 Dec 1958 1:10
25201 14 48 11 Dec 1958 1:25
25201 15 49 20 Dec 1958 1:25
25201 16 50 21 Dec 1958 0:45
25201 17 51 5 Jan 1959 1:00
25201 18 52 5 Jan 1959 0:45
25201 19 54 17 Jan 1959 1:00
25201 21 57 27 Jan 1959 1:00
25201 22 58 31 Jan 1959 0:45
25201 23 64 7 Feb 1959 1:00
25201 25 66 19 Feb 1959 0:50
       Sub Total 13:50
25202 6 17 28 Aug 1958 1:05
25202 14 26 28 Sept 1958 0:45
25202 15 28 3 Oct 1958 1:25
25202 17 31 5 Oct 1958 0:50
25202 18 38 27 Oct 1958 1:05
25202 19 39 29 Oct 1958 0:45
25202 20 40 29 Oct 1958 0:45
25202 21 43 8 Nov 1958 1:10
25202 22 44 11 Nov 1958 1:15
      Sub Total 9:05
25203 2 27 1 Oct 1958 0:45
25203 4 33 6 Oct 1958 1:10
25203 6 35 18 Oct 1958 1:10
25203 10 55 20 Jan 1959 0:55
25203 12 65 19 Feb 1959 1:10
       Sub Total 5:10
25204 1 37 27 Oct 1958 1:10
25204 2 45 22 Nov 1958 1:05
25204 3 46 30 Nov 1958 1:10
25204 5 62 3 Feb 1959 1:15
25204 6 63 7 Feb 1959 1;10
       Sub Total 5:50
  1 53 11 Jan 1959 0:40
25205     Sub Total 0:40
      Grand Total 34:35

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Peter Cope - Arrow Flight Log (5 hrs 25 mins)
A/C # A/C Flt # Test Flt # Date Flying Time
Hrs:Mins
25202 16 29 3 Oct 1958 1:05
      Sub Total 1:05
25203 3 32 6 Oct 1958 1:00
25203 8 41 31 Oct 1958 1:00
25203 9 42 7 Nov 1958 1:10
      Sub Total 3:10
25204 4 61 2 Feb 1959 1:10
      Sub Total 1:10
      Grand Total 5:25

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F/Lt. Jack Woodman, R.C.A.F. - Arrow Flight Log (6 hrs 45 mins)
A/C # A/C Flt # Test Flt # Date Flying Time
Hrs:Mins
25201 8 8 22 Apr 1958 1:10
25201 20 56 24 Jan 1959 1:05
      Sub Total 2:15
25202 13 25 28 Sept 1958 0:55
      Sub Total 0:55
25203 5 34 17 Oct 1958 1:05
25203 7 36 19 Oct 1958 1:15
25203 11 60 1 Feb 1959 1:15
      Sub Total 3:35
      Grand Total 6:45

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