Fleet Canuck is part of the Canadian aviation heritage. Most Canadian flight students in the 50s & 60s would have had the opportunity to do their PPL in one. It was designed and built by J.O. Noury of Stoney Creek to train pilots for WWII.
After building three examples, sales were unfortunately not forthcoming and with the outbreak of WWII, Noury ended up selling his design to the Fleet Aircraft Company in Fort Erie. Production on the Fleet Model 80 Canuck lasted until 1947 with 225 being built. Noury went on to become an important designer at Noorduyn Aircraft Ltd of Montreal, Quebec, the company that designed and built the famous Norseman bush plane.
The original aircraft in these markings was piloted by Hubert M. Pasmore, father of our founder; Godfrey Pasmore.
The Canuck was exactly what was required for inexpensive flight training in Canada, very sturdy, inexpensive fabric and tube construction with an enclosed cockpit and two-place, side-by-side seating with stick and rudder flight controls on each side, power controls in the centre of the panel, but brakes only on the pilot’s side. The original Canuck was not very powerful, but it was approved for some aerobatics!
In my experience, it is aerobatic, although usually I just keep it flying straight and level.
The aircraf was recently put in Owner maintenance to allow for a tail hook installation and oil cooler. Professionally maintained. Hangared.
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