CARP Community Liaison, Gail Goldman visited the Canadian Air & Space Museum, home of the world’s only full scale metal replica Avro Arrow to present Dr. James Floyd with CARP’s Top 25 Canadians award, in celebration of CARP’s 25th Anniversary.
Aerospace engineer and entrepreneur Jim Floyd was nominated for his outstanding contribution to the “Golden Age” of Canadian aviation.
James was the chief design engineer at Avro Aircraft Canada Limited in Malton, ON and led the design team on the development of the Avro C.102 Jetliner which celebrated its 60th anniversary in August 2009 as the First Commercial Jet in North America.
Subsequently, anycopy Jim went on to lead the design and development team of the CF-100 and the iconic CF-105 Avro Arrow aircraft.
In 1993, Jim was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame and in 2009, he was awarded the first Canadian Air and Space Pioneer Award in a ceremony at the Canadian Air and Space Museum in Toronto.
At 95, James drives his Lincoln Town Car, lives with his love Irene and still abides by his philosophy, “When you have a great idea and people tell you it can’t be done, DO IT ANYWAY!”
Jim Floyd circa 1944 (courtesy CAS Museum)
The Infamous Avro Arrow
Left to Right: Gail Goldman-CARP Chapter Liaison, Shoshana Teitelman-Richmond Hill, Al Rutke-Newmarket, Robert Cohen-Toronto & Dr James Floyd-Etobicoke.