Canada Avro Arrow Blueprints On Display After Sitting In Saskatchewan Man's Home For Decades
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January 24, 2020 - by David Shield for cbc.ca
Thanks to an intrepid rescue more than 60 years ago, original blueprints of a famously cancelled Canadian military project are now on display at the University of Saskatchewan's Diefenbaker Canada Centre.
In 1959, Ken Barnes was working as a senior draftsman for A.V. Roe (Avro) Canada, working on the Arrow, one of the most advanced fighter jets of its time.
When the program was cancelled by then-prime minister John Diefenbaker, Barnes was ordered to destroy any documents related to the project, lest they fall into enemy hands.
However, Barnes quietly spirited out blueprints of the project, storing them in his house for decades.
"He kind of kept them hidden away in the basement for years when we were kids," said Barnes's son, Gord. "There was a corner of the basement with a workbench and we didn't go in that corner for many years."