TV Mini-Series | | Drama, History
The true story of how Canada built and destroyed the world's most advanced fighter plane back in the 1950s.
Most of the photographs used in the mini-series were original photographs taken in the 1950s (such as the famous photographs of the destruction of the five complete Arrows).
Jim Chamberlain is depicted, in 1957, as having discovered the area-rule or "coke-bottle" shape for reducing compressibility during trans-sonic flight. The concept was in fact discovered by Richard Whitcomb at the Langely Research Center for which he received the 1954 Collier Award. The technical details were made public in 1955 and the F-102, F-104 and F-105 were already in service with this design. The wind-tunnel at Langely was able to allow Mach 2 testing of the Arrow because it too was using an area rule cross-section.
The Special DVD Edition cuts the opening credits of the second half of the mini-series, as well as the scene where sputnik flys across space.