The AVRO Canadians

  • Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


The AVRO story is best described in the book Arrows to the Moon written by Chris Gainor and published in 2001. I shall provide some excerpts along with other information, my interpretation of the events, and where the people worked in the NASA Space Task Group (STG). It is a sad story in a way, illustrating how politics can absolutely destroy an industrial program, impact the lives of thousands of people, and devastate a community and local businesses. Gainor tells that story well. As regards the STG and Project Mercury, the U.S. benefitted greatly from Canada’s loss. That can also be said of Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and the Space Station, since the AVRO Canadians and Brits played a major in those programs as well.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
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  1. 1.Lago VistaUSA

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