Thursday, April 15, 2010

FLEET 80 “CANUCK”


1945–47



STANDARD DATA: Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,480. Empty wt. 858. Engine 85-hp Continental.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 111. Cruise mph 100. Range 400. Ceiling 12,000.

A favorite with Canadian pilots, this lightweight side-by-side two-seater can be fitted with wheels, floats, or skis. The sturdy all-metal fabric-covered frame is powered by a Continental four-cylinder 85- or 90-hp engine. A total of 210 Canucks were built in two years by Fleet Manufacturing, Ltd. in Fort Erie, Ontario, and of those a healthy percentage are still in flying condition. Most of the Fleet 80s flying today have been modified with improved heaters and cowling systems, updated Ceconite covering, and additional gyros and radios. Designed especially for Canadian flying conditions, the Canuck is still traded fairly regularly in Canada, and many a Canadian pilot has received primary pilot training in this Fleet airplane.



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