Avation has lost another
pioneer and hero this month. Jan Zurakowski, the chief test pilot
for the CF-105 Avro Arrow, died at his home in Barry's Bay,
Ontario, on Monday following a lengthy illness. He was 89.
An accomplished war pilot, the Polish-born Zurakowski was
decorated for his fighting in the Battle of Britain and later
went on to test fighter jets for Britain. He immigrated to Canada
in 1952 to work for AV Roe Canada Company as chief development
pilot for the supersonic jet and became the first to fly the
Avro Arrow on March 25, 1958.
A member of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame, Zurakwoski retired
to Barry's Bay, located about 150 kilometres west of Ottawa,
in 1960 to open a tourist business with his wife. In July 2003, the
community dedicated the Zurakowski Park and Museum in his
We join the aviation community in mourning this great loss.