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

The Consolidated Model 14 Husky Junior was originally 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 designer and Consolidated company president Reuben Fleet to put into production as the Fleet Model 1 under his new enterprise, Fleet Aircraft. It was an immediate success, and in the first year of production alone, over 300 machines were sold. Consolidated quickly responded by buying Fleet Aircraft and retaining it as a subsidiary while opening a second production line at Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. 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). Fleet developed a prototype light helicopter which flew successfully, but was not put into production.

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.

Aircraft

  • Consolidated Model 14 Husky Junior - prototypes (ca. 5 built)
  • Fleet Model 1 - initial production version with Warner Scarab engine (ca. 90 built)
  • Fleet Model 2 - initial production version with Kinner K-5 engine (203 built)
    • PT-6 - USAAC designation for Model 2 (16 built)
    • N2Y-1 - USN version with trapeze hook for airship docking training (5 built)
  • Fleet Model 3 - version with Wright J-6 engine (1 converted from Model 2)
  • Fleet Model 4 - version with Curtiss Challenger engine (1 built)
  • Fleet Model 5 - version with Brownback C-400 engine (1 built)
  • Fleet Model 6 - improved version for USN as XN2Y-2, later further modified as an autogiro by Pennsylvania Aircraft with the upper wing replaced by a rotor, it was redesignated XOZ-1 (1 built)
  • Fleet Model 7 - version with Kinner B-5 engine (48 built, plus several converted from Model 2 by Fleet in Canada)
    • Fleet Model 7A
    • Fleet Model 7B - Canadian production version
    • Fleet Model 7C - Canadian production version with Armstrong Siddeley Civet engine
    • Fleet Model 7G - Canadian production version with de Havilland Gipsy III engine
    • XPT-6 - One Model 7 acquired by the US Army Air Corps for service tests. Version with 100-hp Kinner R-370-1 (Kinner K5) engine
    • YPT-6 - ten aircraft similar to the XPT-6, used by the US Army Air Corps for service tests and evaluation
    • YPT-6A - modified version of the Model 7 fitted with an enlarged cockpit. Used by the US Army Air Corps for service tests and evaluation
  • Fleet Model 8 - three-seat version similar to Model 7 (7 built)
  • Fleet Model 9 - refined version of Model 8 (12 built)
  • Fleet Model 10 - refined version of Model 7 for export to Europe
    • Fleet Model 10A - version with 100 hp Kinner engine
    • Fleet Model 10B - version with 125 hp Kinner engine
    • Fleet Model 10D - version with 160 hp Kinner engine
    • Fleet Model 10-32D - generally similar to the Model 10D, but with an increased 4-ft 0-in (1.22-m) wingspan
    • Fleet Model 10E - version with 125 hp Warner engine
    • Fleet Model 10F - version with 145 hp Warnerengine
    • Fleet Model 10G - version with de Havilland Gypsy Major engine for governments of Portugal and Romania (ca. 70 built)
    • Fleet Model 10H - version with Menasco C-4S engine
  • Fleet Model 11 - version with Kinner R-5 engine; some exported to China and Mexico
  • Fleet Model 14 - Model 2 modified for participation in Guggenheim Safe Aircraft Competition but disqualified. ca. 300 licence-built in Romania.
  • Fleet Model 16 - Fleet Finch - strengthened Canadian production version with sliding canopy, powered by a 130 hp de Havilland Gipsy Major engine (ca. 600 built)
    • Fleet Model 16B - Fleet Finch Mk II - Strengthened Canadian production version, powered by a Kinner B5 engine [1]
    • Fleet Model 16D - similar to the Model 16B, but fitted with a Kinner B5 engine
    • Fleet Model 16F - prototype for Brewster B-1
    • Fleet Model 16R - Fleet Finch Mk I - designation of the Fleet 16D built in Canada for the RCAF
  • Fleet Model 21 - armed version built in Canada for Mexican Air Force (11 built)
    • Fleet Model 21M - designation for a one-off demonstration aircraft
    • Fleet Model 21K - redesignation of the Model 21M, after it was subsequently sold to a private buyer
  • Fleet model 50 Freighter Cargo biplane for bush operations
  • Fleet model 60 Fort Intermediate trainer used as radio trainer
  • Fleet models 80, 81 Canuck Light utility aircraft (Similar to Cub)
  • Fleet helicopter, 1 prototype, not put into prodution. 
  • Fairchild M-62/PT-23/PT-26 Cornell (license)

Source: Wikipedia