Fleet 60 Fort
The Fort was the first all-metal monoplane built by Fleet Aircraft of Canada (Fort Erie); and it was intended as a cheaper version of the Harvard, also an intermediate trainer.
The Fleet Fort Model 60K was designed and built by Canadians in World War II. The Fort's maiden flight occurred in 1940.
Initially, the RCAF did not want to order the Model 60K, and their doubts proved valid. The Fort was relatively easy for pilot trainees to master, thereby making it unsuitable for transition to combat aircraft. The RCAF took 100 on strength in 1941. Also, the RCAF decided that pilots who had soloed in Finches and Tiger Moths could proceed to Harvards without training on Forts. The Forts were then used to train wireless operators until the last Model 60K was retired in 1946.
Fleet 60K Fort I
Engine : Jacobs R-915-7, 330 hp
Wing Span : 36ft (11m)
Length : 26ft 10in (8.18m)
Height : 8ft 3in (2.5m)
Speed : 162 Mph (260km/h)