Tribute to a living legend

"Canadian Air & Space Museum", aviation history

Jim Floyd Canadian Air and Space Museum

Today at the Canadian Air & Space Museum we spent the day celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first flight of the Avro C102 Jetliner.  Special guest of honour was Dr. James Floyd, the chief designer of both the Jetliner and the CF105 Arrow.  Dr. Floyd is a very spry 95 years old and still can tell a great story.  Yes, he still hates the decisions made by C D Howe and John Diefenbaker which destroyed both projects.

The Avro Jetliner was years ahead of its time and the cancellation drove a stake into the heart of the Canadian commercial aircraft manufacturing industry.

Here we see Dr. Floyd being greeted by Wayne Barrett, chairman of board of directors of the Museum.  A great turnout for a great airplane and a great man.