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Fleet 7
 
The Fleet 7 flew first in 1930, a total of 374 were built, including the Fleet 10 designed for the European market.
 
Forty-eight of the Fleet Model 7 version with Kinner B-5 engine were built, plus several converted from Model 2 by Fleet in Canada.
 
The Fleet Model 7B was a Canadian production version, as were the Fleet Model 7C with Armstrong Siddeley Civet engine and Fleet Model 7G with de Havilland Gipsy III engine.
 
One Model 7 with 100-hp Kinner R-370-1 (Kinner K5) engine was acquired by the US Army Air Corps for service tests as XPT-6. Ten YPT-6 followed, similar to the XPT-6, used by the US Army Air Corps for service tests and evaluation. The YPT-6A was a modified version of the Model 7 fitted with an enlarged cockpit. Used by the US Army Air Corps for service tests and evaluation.
 
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Fleet F.7C Trainer
 
The Fleet F.7C Trainer was built in 1937.
 
The Fleet Model 8 was a three-seat version similar to Model 7 (seven built), and Fleet Model 9 was a refined version of the Model 8 (12 built).
 
The Fleet Model 10 was a refined version of the Model 7 for export to Europe, replaced the 1928-origin "looped" landing gear radius rod of the Models 2 & 7 for their left mainwheel with a center-hinged design for both mainwheels, using a V-form transverse cabane strut to provide the hinge-point.
 
The Model 10A version had a 100 hp Kinner engine, Model 10B with 125 hp Kinner engine, and Model 10D a 160 hp Kinner engine. The Model 10-32D was generally similar to the Model 10D, but with an increased 4-ft 0-in (1.22-m) wingspan.
 
The Fleet Model 10E version was powered with a 125 hp Warner engine and Model 10F with a 145 hp Warner engine.
 
The Fleet Model 10G was built for the governments of Portugal and Romania, with about 70 built in Romania by ICAR, all powered with a de Havilland Gypsy Major engine.
 
The Fleet Model 10H was powered with a Menasco C-4S engine, and Fleet Model 11 with a Kinner R-5 engine. Some Model 11 were exported to Argentina, China and Mexico.

 

The Fleet Model 16, or Fleet Finch, was a strengthened Canadian production version with sliding canopy, powered by a 130 hp de Havilland Gipsy Major engine, about 600 were built. The Fleet Model 16B, or Fleet Finch Mk II, was a strengthened Canadian production version, powered by a Kinner B5 engine. The Model 16D was similar to the Model 16B, but fitted with a Kinner B5 engine.
 
The Fleet Model 16R, or Fleet Finch Mk I, was the designation of the Fleet 16D built in Canada for the RCAF.

 

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Finch 16B

The Fleet 16B Finch II is a progressive development of the original Consolidated Fleet primary trainer, manufacture of which was commenced in Canada by Fleet Aircraft in 1930. The Fleet Finch Model 16 was developed specifically for the RCAF. In 1938 Fleet Aricraft was exporting Model 10s, when the RCAF examined a 10D for possible use as a primary trainer. The Air Force needed an aeroplane that could perform aerobatics with full military equipment; therefore, numerous modifications were made, and the aircraft built for the RCAF were designated Model 16s. The first Finch 16B for the RCAF flew in March 1940.
 
The Fleet 16 first entered RCAF service with tandem open cockpits, but the severity of the Canadian winter necessitated the introduction of a sliding canopy at an early stage in the trainer's service career.
 
A total of 437 Fleet Finches were produced as Model 16s, the majority (430) for the RCAF. They were used as initial trainers in the BCATP at twelve EFTS's across Canada in parallel with the Tiger Moth. They were replaced eventually by Fairchld PT-26 Cornells, and the last of the Model 16s stayed on RCAF inventory until 1947.
 
 
Fleet 16B
 
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Fleet 16B
 

 

The Canadian manufacturing was a great success, with some 600 examples built for the Royal Canadian Air Force as the Fleet Fawn (Model 7) and Fleet Finch (Model 16).
 
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 prototype, built for Brewster.

 

 
Fleet Model 7
Engine: Kinner B-5
48 built, plus several converted from Model 2 by Fleet in Canada
 
Fleet Model 7A
 
Fleet Model 7B
 
Fleet F.7C
Engine: Armstrong Siddeley Genet Major, 135 hp
 
Fleet Model 7G
Engine: de Havilland Gipsy III
 
XPT-6
One Model 7 for US Army Air Corps for service tests.
Engine: 100-hp Kinner R-370-1 (Kinner K5)
 
YPT-6
ten built
 
YPT-6A
Model 7 fitted with enlarged cockpit.
 
Fleet Model 8
seven built
Seats: 3
 
Fleet Model 9
12 built
 
Fleet Model 10
 
Fleet Model 10A
Engine: 100 hp Kinner
 
Fleet Model 10B
Engine: 125 hp Kinner
 
Fleet F‑10‑D
Engine: Kinner K‑5 radial, 160 hp
 
Fleet Model 10-32D
increased 4-ft 0-in (1.22-m) wingspan
 
Fleet Model 10E
Engine: 125 hp Warner
 
Fleet Model 10F
Engine: 145 hp Warner
 
Fleet Model 10G
Engine: de Havilland Gypsy Major
 
Fleet Model 10H
Engine: Menasco C-4S
 
Fleet Model 11
Engine: Kinner R-5
 
Fleet Model 16 / Fleet Finch
Engine: 130 hp de Havilland Gipsy Major
 
Fleet 16B Finch Mk II
Engine: Kinner B-5 five cylinder radial, 125 hp
Maximum speed: 113 mph
Empty weight: 1,102 lb (500 kg)
Loaded weight: 1,860 lb (844 kg)
Span: 28 ft (8.5 m)
Length: 21 ft 8 in (6.6 m)
Height: 7 ft 9 in (2.4 m)
Wing area: 194 sq ft (18 sq m)
Seats: 2
 
Fleet Model 16D
Engine: Kinner B5
 
Fleet Model 16F
prototype for Brewster B-1
 
Fleet Model 16R / Fleet Finch Mk I
Fleet 16D built in Canada for the RCAF

 

 

 

 

 


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