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Avro Canada

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Feb 1957.

Commonly known as Avro Canada, this company started in 1945 as an aircraft plant and became within thirteen years the third-largest company in Canada, one of the largest 100 companies in the world, and directly employing over 50,000. It is best known as a Canadian aircraft manufacturing company, in particular for the highly advanced CF-105 Arrow, but through growth and acquisition it rapidly became a major, integrated company with diverse holdings.[1]

1945 Hawker Siddeley purchased Victory Aircraft of Malton, Ontario, Canada from the Canadian government, renaming the company, A.V. Roe Canada, commonly known as Avro Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hawker Siddeley.

1962 the Hawker Siddeley Group formally dissolved A.V. Roe Canada and transferred all A.V. Roe Canada's assets to its newly formed subsidiary Hawker Siddeley Canada.

Avro Canada Aircraft was closed.


During its operation, Avro Canada produced the Avro Jetliner, Avro CF-100 and CF-105 Arrow. For a list of all Avro aircraft see Avro: Aircraft.

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