Fleet Model 10D powered by 160 hp (120 kW) Kinner R5-2, five cylinder radial engine.
My friend Bob Dyck has built this rare Fleet 10D. There are some original parts but he calls it a replica. Whatever he calls it, a great job and a great aircraft.
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 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).
There was a Fleet 7 (Fawn) imported to the Uk in 1936 it was eventually registered as G-AEJY flew the first time on July 14, 1938 and was to be offered to RAF as a trainer with a Civet 7 cylinder engine. It had quite a tumoltous life and was melted down in July 1959.
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