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Canadian Warplanes 2: The Biplane Era, Fleet Fawn and Fleet Finch trainers

Canadian Warplanes 2: The Biplane Era, Fleet Fawn and Fleet Finch trainers

Data current to 27 Nov 2018.

Fleet Model 7B Fawn Mk. I (20), (biplane), (Serial Nos. 190-209), Model 7C Fawn Mk. II (31), (Serial Nos. 213-222, 228-237, 259-265, 280-283), for a total of 51 aircraft.

Fleet 7C Fawn Mk. II cockpit, (Serial No. 230).  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3642466)

Fleet 7C Fawn, RCAF,  with Armstrong-Siddely Civet engine winter flying cowling, 4 Apr 1936.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3580956)

Fleet 7C Fawn Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 220), CF-CHF.  Wetaskiwin, Alberta.

Fleet 7C Fawn Mk. II , RCAF (Serial No. 219).  (RCAF Photo)

Fleet Fawn Mk. II, (Serial No. 213), 1938.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3545881)

Fleet 16R Finch Mk. I (27), (Serial Nos. 1001-1027), 16B Finch Mk. II (404), (Serial Nos. 4405-4808), for a total of 431 aircraft.

Fleet Finch Mk. II, 441, RCAF, 8 Dec 1944.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583636)

 

Fleet 16B Finch Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 4725), (Serial No. 542), C-GBJS.  Langley, British Columbia.

Fleet 16B Finch Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 4510), (408).  This Finch was manufactured by Fleet Aircraft Limited in Fort Erie, Ontario in July 1940.  It was taken on strength by the RCAF and used at Elementary Flying Training Schools in London, Ontario and Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec.  Put in long-term storage in St-Jean, Quebec in 1943, it was passed to the War Assets Commission in 1945, sold in 1947 to two private American owners, and given the civilian registration NC1327V in New York.  The Finch returned to Canada in 1964, when it was purchased by Dr. D.A. McLean of Toronto and restored in its original RCAF markings by No. 400 Reserve Squadron at Downsview Airport.  In June 1966, after restoration, McLean donated the aircraft to the RCAF's historic aircraft collection.  The Finch was flown to Ottawa in September and then transferred to the Museum.  As part of the Museum's collection, it was flown on Air Force Day in 1967 and displayed at Toronto's Canadian National Exhibition in 1970.  This Finch was missing a cockpit enclosure until one was donated in 1976 by Clifford Glenister of Toronto.  (CA&SM)

Fleet 16B Finch Mk. II, RCAF, on skis.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643714)

Fleet 16B Finch Mk. II, RCAF(Serial No. 4675).  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581751)

Fleet 16B Finch Mk. II, RCAF trainer, W.A. Taylor and A.M. Bishop look over a map before take-off, at the Elementary Training School, Toronto, Ontario, 29 July 1940.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4327245)

Fleet 16B Finch Mk. II, RCAF.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583636)

Fleet 16B Finch Mk. II, RCAF, 19 July 1940.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4327215)

Fleet 16B Finch Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 4505),  pilot training, Sergeant Pilot R.N. Bennet with student Leading Aircraftman C.J. Ladouceur , 22 July 1940.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4327219)