On February 20, 1959, the Canadian government shut down the CF-105 Avro Arrow jet interceptor program, putting thousands of workers and the cream of Canada's aerospace engineering talent out of work.
South of the border, a brand new organization called the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was charged with putting U.S. astronauts into space, and it desperately needed engineers. Within 10 weeks of the demise of the Arrow, 25 Avro engineers were working for NASA, and another seven would join them later. Other Avro engineers found work with the aerospace contractors that worked with NASA.
A little more than 10 years later, U.S. astronauts stood on the surface of the Moon in what is one of the greatest stories of technology and exploration in human history.
Arrows to the Moon tells for the first time the story of the Canadian and British engineers from Avro Canada who played key roles in putting Americans on the Moon and in building today's U.S. space program.
These stories include:
Arrows to the Moon tells the story of the race to the Moon from the viewpoint of the engineers who came from Canada. It also includes new information on the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and the Canadian space program.
in 2009, Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk spent six months aboard the International Space Station for the first long-duration Canadian space flight. On that flight, Thirsk took a copy of Arrows to the Moon with him to honour the Canadians who helped point the way into space.
The major American website Space.com carries an interview with Chris Gainor and an excerpt from the book. Arrows to the Moon is reviewed on the Avro Recovery website.
The book has also been featured on the CBC National, Canada AM on CTV, The Space Show, the Space Channel, CP 24 in Toronto, CFCN TV in Calgary, and in Spaceflight magazine, the Vancouver Sun, and the Victoria Times-Colonist.
"a smashing tale ... superbly crafted" - Malcolm Parry, Vancouver Sun
"unexpectedly timely" - Sean Rossiter, Vancouver Sun
"Space history at its best" - Richard Taylor, Spaceflight
"For anyone who thinks Canada's contribution to the space program consists of the Canadarm in the shuttle's payload bay, Arrows to the Moon shows there was much more to it than that." - Les Leyne, Victoria Times Colonist
The publisher Apogee Books
Check out Chris Gainor's Canadian Spaceflight History website. Information and sources on the Avro Arrow. Web and book sources on Canadian spaceflight history. Read about Canada's contribution to the Apollo program.
Published by Apogee Books
For further information on Arrows to the Moon , go to the Apogee Books website.
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