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Legendary Arrow's First Pilot Dies

Posted on Wednesday, February 11 at 02:11 by RoyalHighlander

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A decorated Polish-born ace aviator, Zurakowski fled fascist and communist dictatorships in Poland and took up temporary residence in France and England before putting down roots in Canada.

In 1952, Zurakowski was recruited by the Avro Aircraft company as a test pilot for the Arrow, Canada's first supersonic jet. He eventually moved his family to the region of Kaszuby in northern Ontario.

The first flight of the Avro Arrow was March 25, 1958, at Toronto's Malton Airport, at 9:51 p.m. Later, the Arrow would travel at almost twice the speed of sound. Development of the plane was cancelled the next year.

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