Canadian Air & Space Museum

Canadian Air & Space Museum

August 04, 2009 10:44 ET

North America's First Commercial Jetliner Remembered

Canadian Air & Space Museum Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Avro Jetliner’s First flight

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Science Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - Aug. 4, 2009) - On Sunday, August 9th, The Canadian Air and Space Museum will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first flight of the Avro Jetliner with a luncheon in honour of Chief Design Engineer Jim Floyd.

Sixty years ago, Jim Floyd, prior to working on the Avro Arrow, worked on the Avro Jetliner, the first commercial jetliner designed in North America and only the second passenger jet airliner in the world.

It caught the attention of Howard Hughes, who was prepared to immediately buy 30 of them, and the imaginations of many others. Yet the aircraft was ultimately cancelled so that Avro Canada could focus on military projects, starting with the CF-100 jet fighter.

The luncheon is being held one day prior the actual anniversary of the first flight.

WHO: Jim Floyd, former Chief Design Engineer, A.V. Roe Canada (Avro), who designed the Avro Jetliner and the Avro Arrow

WHAT: Luncheon honouring the 60th Anniversary of the Jetliner's first flight

WHEN: Sunday, August 9, 2009, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

WHERE: Canadian Air & Space Museum, 65 Carl Hall Road, Downsview Park, Toronto, Ontario

About the Canadian Air & Space Museum
The new Canadian Air & Space Museum is embarking on an ambitious re-vitalization and expansion campaign to realize its vision - telling the distinctly Canadian stories of aerospace and airline history and innovation, and recounting the stories of people and organizations connected with these innovations. The museum will create highly interactive, experiential exhibits to showcase Canadian innovations and achievements, linking the 'past - present - future'. At the expansion campaign's conclusion, the museum will be approximately four times its current size. Currently, the museum contains notable artifacts and aircraft, showcasing the development of aerospace and space innovations in Canada, including a full-scale, museum-quality replica of the magnificent Avro Arrow. For information on tickets, directions, donations and museum hours, call 416-638-6078 or visit .


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