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Consolidated 14 Husky Junior
 
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The Fleet Model 1 (originally the Consolidated 14 Husky Junior) and its derivatives were all orthodox two-seat trainer and sports biplanes with staggered, single-bay wings of equal span and fixed tailskid undercarriage. Accommodation was provided for two in tandem, originally sharing a single open cockpit, but in most examples in separate open cockpits. The fuselage was made of welded steel tube with triangular-layout Warren truss construction pattern side structures typical of the time, and the wings had a wooden spar with duralumin ribs, the entire aircraft being fabric-covered. They all shared the same basic design and varied mainly in their powerplants. Despite a superficial resemblance to Consolidated's highly successful Trusty and Husky designs (hence the "Husky Junior" nickname), the Model 14 was an all-new design.
 
Originally designed by Reuben Fleet and created as a means for Consolidated to enter the civil market, the company abandoned this ambition shortly before the completion of the first prototype. The manufacturing rights were purchased by the designer and Consolidated company president Reuben Fleet to put into production under his new enterprise, Fleet Aircraft. Around five of the Consolidated Model 14 Husky Junior prototypes were built.
 
First flown on 9 November 1928, it was an immediate success, and in the first year of production alone, over 300 machines were sold. About 90 of the Fleet Model 1 initial production version with Warner Scarab engine were built.

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Consolidated responded by buying Fleet Aircraft and retaining it as a subsidiary while opening a second production line at Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada.
 
Two hundred and three of the Fleet Model 2 initial production version with Kinner K-5 engine were built. The USAAC purchased 16 Model 2 as the PT-16 for evaluation.
 
One initial prototype aircraft and six subsequent specialised production N2Y trainers were purchased by the United States Navy. These N2Y-1 aircraft were equipped with hooks to catch the trapeze on two U.S. Navy airships, the USS Akron and the USS Macon. The N2Y-1 parasite aircraft were used to train pilots that would subsequently fly the longer distance single-seat F9C Sparrowhawks reconnaissance aircraft. The two-seater N2Y-1 also acted as service aircraft, flying passengers to the inroute airships.
 
On July 6, 1930, future air racer and movie stunt pilot Paul Mantz flew a Fleet Model 2 biplane through 46 consecutive outside loops, an international record which stood for almost 50 years.
 
One Model 2 was converted to the Fleet Model 3 with a Wright J-6 engine. One Fleet Model 4 was built with a Curtiss Challenger engine, and one Fleet Model 5 version with a Brownback C-400 engine was built.

 

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United States manufacturing rights were eventually sold to Brewster Aeronautical Corporation, which intended to produce the Brewster B-1 based on the Canadian Model 16F.

 

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Fleet Model 1
Engine: Warner Scarab
No built: ca. 90
 
Fleet Model 2 / PT-6
Engine: Kinner K-5, 110 hp (82 kW)
Wingspan: 28 ft 0 in (8.53 m)
Wing area: 195 sq ft (18.1 sq.m)
Length: 20 ft 9 in (6.32 m)
Height: 7 ft 10 in (2.39 m)
Empty weight: 1,063 lb (482 kg)
Gross weight: 1,820 lb (826 kg)
Fuel capacity: 55 US gal (46 imp gal; 210 L)
Maximum speed: 113.5 mph (183 km/h; 99 kn)
Cruise speed: 88 mph (142 km/h; 76 kn)
Service ceiling: 12,200 ft (3,700 m)
Rate of climb: 730 ft/min (3.7 m/s)
Crew: 2
No built: 203 (16 as PT-6, 6 as N2Y-1)
 
Fleet Model 3
Engine: Wright J-6
one converted from Model 2
 
Fleet Model 4
Engine: Curtiss Challenger
one built
 
Fleet Model 5
Engine: Brownback C-400
one built
 
Fleet Model 6 / XN2Y-2
one built  

 

 

 
 

United States manufacturing rights were eventually sold to Brewster Aeronautical Corporation, which intended to produce the Brewster B-1 based on the Canadian Model 16F.