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Kraken technology helps locate and recover Avro Arrow in Lake Ontario

Avro Arrow test models were launched over Lake Ontario in the 1950s during testing. This photo was taken at Point Petre.
Avro Arrow test models were launched over Lake Ontario in the 1950s during testing. This photo was taken at Point Petre.

Working with Kraken technology, OEX Recovery Group has found a free-flight Avro Arrow on the bottom of Lake Ontario.

This image of an Avro Arrow model was captured recently by Kraken's AquaPix® Synthetic Aperture Sonar.

OEX unveiled images Friday of an Avro Arrow model that had been launched over Lake Ontario in a flight test in the 1950s.

St. John’s-based Kraken Sonar Inc. says the images taken with its AquaPix Synthetic Aperture Sonar, which was deployed on its ThunderFish Autonomous Underwater Vehicle.

Previous attempts to locate and recover Avro Arrow models have been unsuccessful.

“We are thrilled and honoured that our technology, products and people played a key role in the discovery of an Avro Arrow free flight model,” Kraken president and CEO Karl Kenny said in a news release. “Our advanced Canadian ocean technology plays a big part in this story, as our underwater sensors and robotics helped find a piece of Canada's aviation history. Continuing in the tradition of the Arrow, the entire Kraken team is proud to engineer and deliver world-class marine technology."

Kraken says any free-flight test models that are recovered will be housed by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and the National Air Force Museum of Canada.

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