Fleet Aircraft

Fleet Aircraft was a Canadian manufacturer of aircraft from 1928 to 1957.

Fleet Aircraft
IndustryAerospace
Founded1928
FoundersReuben H. Fleet
Headquarters
Canada

In 1928, the board of Consolidated Aircraft decided to drop their light, trainer aircraft and sold the rights to Brewster Aircraft. Reuben H. Fleet founded Fleet Aircraft in Fort Erie, Ontario, to acquire the foreign rights to these aircraft. Consolidated bought back Fleet Aircraft as a separate division in 1929 and formed Fleet Aircraft of Canada in 1930. The Fleet name was dropped for the Consolidated business name in 1939. Fleet Aircraft of Canada produced the Fleet Finch for the RCAF, and later the Fleet Canuck. Fleet developed a prototype light helicopter, which flew successfully, but was not put into production.[1] Fleet ended aircraft manufacturing operations in 1957. The company was renamed Fleet Aerospace, and operated as a division of Magellan Aerospace.

The Fleet Aerospace division was closed in 2003, and later re-opened as Fleet Canada. The new company was not affiliated with Magellan Aerospace, and it has operated independently since.

AircraftEdit

 
Fleet Fawn
Model 1st flight No. built Type
Fleet Model 1 1928 ~90 Open cockpit two-seat primary trainer
Fleet Model 2 203 Open cockpit two-seat primary trainer
Fleet Model 3 1 Open cockpit two-seat primary trainer
Fleet Model 4 1 Open cockpit two-seat primary trainer
Fleet Model 5 1 Open cockpit two-seat primary trainer
Fleet Model 6 1 Open cockpit two-seat primary trainer
Fleet Model 7 Fawn 64-71 Open cockpit two-seat primary trainer
Fleet Model 10 1939 Open cockpit two-seat primary trainer
Fleet Model 11 Open cockpit two-seat primary trainer
Fleet Model 14 Open cockpit two-seat primary trainer
Fleet Model 16 Finch 447 Open cockpit two-seat primary trainer
Fleet Model 21 11 Basic export combat aircraft
Fleet Model 50 Freighter 1938 5 Cargo biplane for bush operations
Fleet Model 60 Fort 1940 101 Intermediate trainer/radio trainer
Fleet Model 80 Canuck 198-225 Light utility aircraft
Fleet Model 81 1 Light utility aircraft
Fleet D-10 1 License-built Doman LZ-5
Fleet Cornell 1942 1,642 License-built Fairchild Cornell

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Page and Cumming 1990

BibliographyEdit

  • Page, Ron D. and Cumming, William. Fleet: The Flying Years. Erin, Ontario: Boston Mills Press, 1990. ISBN 1-55046-019-6.