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Can-Car Maple Leaf II



The Maple Leaf I was followed by the Maple Leaf II, which, despite the name, had little more than the empennage in common with its predecessor. The design and engineering team, led by Miss E G MacGill, at that time the only female chief aeronautical engineer in Canada, had the prototype ready for its first flight in the fall of 1939. Although it gave creditable performances in tests by the Department of Transport and the RCAF, the Maple Leaf II never reached the production line, mainly because at that time the company had already committed its Fort William plant to the production of the much-needed Hurricane. The prototype, along with various components and parts of at least two partly finished aircraft, was eventually exported to Mexico.


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