Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   
Canadian Warplanes 2: Fleet 50K Freighter

Fleet 50K Freighter

Data current to 28 Dec 2020.

(RCAF Photo)

Fleet 50K Freighter, RCAF (Serial No. 799).

Fleet Model 50K Freighter (2), (Serial Nos. 799, 800).

Fleet 50K Freighter, fuselage (Serial No. 202), CF-BXP, is preserved in the CA&SM.  This Freighter, built in 1939, was the third of five produced by Fleet Aircraft Limited in Canada.  Originally registered as CF-BJU, Canadian Airways used this aircraft on trial for a few months in 1939.  In August 1942, it was leased to Quebec Airways.  It was finally sold, in October 1942, to the RCAF, and used for training paratroopers at the Rockcliffe air base.  The aircraft was moved to Trenton, Ontario in 1943, and flown by the RCAF as an air ambulance and floatplane trainer.  The Labrador Mining and Exploration Company Limited purchased the Freighter on 14 June 1944. Nine days later, a downdraft during take-off forced the aircraft onto a beach, damaging it beyond repair. The aircraft's remains were salvaged by the Museum in 1964.  The Museum also has components of the fourth 50 Freighter in its collection.  This aircraft was leased by Fleet to a number of operators before being sold to Austin Airways in 1945.  In 1946, it was destroyed by engine fire.  (CA&SM)