On 7 PM February 3rd; Aerospace historian Dr. Christopher Gainor will be returning to The Parksville Qualicum Aero Club to discuss key topics that he captured while researching and writing his book “WHO KILLED THE AVRO ARROW?”
“The Avro Arrow vaulted Canada into the front ranks of the world’s military aircraft design and manufacturing as the Cold War pitted world powers against each other. It brought together the most brilliant minds Canada had to offer, and more, in the quest for a jet fighter full of cutting edge technology capable of flying at twice the speed of sound. But less than a year after the Arrow’s first test flight in March 1958, the program was cancelled and the few existing Avro Arrows and all their specs were put to the torch in a controversy that reverberates even to-day.”
PQAC Members as well as non-members are welcome. Optional donations at the flying club’s door are appreciated.
Christopher Gainor is a historian of technology and writer specializing in space exploration and aeronautics. He is the author of four books, and his writings have appeared in various specialty publications and Canadian newspapers.
• To A Distant Day: The Rocket Pioneers.
Chris holds a PhD in the history of technology from the University of Alberta, and has taught history at the University of Victoria and at CFB Esquimalt for the Royal Military College of Canada.
His other historical interests include the United States, the Soviet Union, and Canada. Chris is also known for bringing history alive through his appearances as Sir Winston Churchill.
Chris is International Space Programs Editor for Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly and he is a regular contributor to the Canadian edition of Space Quarterly. He is Second Vice President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, and a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.
During his years as a journalist, Chris wrote extensively on health care and public affairs, and he won a National Newspaper Award for his work. Chris has also worked in communications in government and in the non-profit sector. He carries on his academic, writing and communications work in Victoria, B.C.
• Who Killed the Avro Arrow?
• Canada in Space: The People & Stories Behind Canada's Role in the Exploration of Space.
• Arrows to the Moon: Avro's Engineers and the Space Race.