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Fleet 7 (Fawn Mk I)

This aircraft is strikingly sporty with its speed ring, pointed exhaust tubes and wheel pants. A favorite of flying schools everywhere the Model 7 was built specifically for pilot training, it inspired confidence and was quite easy to get in and out of. It was not docile, but it was sassy, had rugged strength and was eager to fly. It could not only convince a student pilot that he could fly, but be a "hot-rod" pilot.

The aircraft could take abuse, had good visibility, longevity and was profitable for the schools. It was only limited by the pilot's capabilities and those who used it for Aerobatics, reveled in its exceptional maneuverability and the feeling of security.

Built by Fleet, a subsidiary of Consolidated, this aircraft used a steel tube fuselage with wood and fabric construction. Steel panels were used forward of the cockpit and stamped aluminum alloy was used for the ribs in the wings. It was available in a seaplane, utility and sportsman version. The model 7 (ATC #374) shown here was the basis for US Army Air Corps XPT-6 trainer.

Acquired by Yanks in 2012, this plane was once owned by collector Baron Von Willer and named "Little Rosey" after his beloved daughter; Baron and his wife are recognized as the founders of the Internet site "Barnstormers".

MFG: Fleet

Built In: Buffalo, NY

First Produced: 1930

Powerplant: Kinner B-5

Horsepower: 125 hp

Prop: Wood

Service Ceiling: 14,000 ft.

Cruise: 95 mph

Top Speed: 115 mph

Range: 300 miles

Empty Weight: 1146 lbs

Gross Weight: 1740 lbs

Wingspan Upper: 28’

Wingspan Lower: 28’

Wing Area: 195 sq. ft.

Length: 21’6”

Height: 8’

Armament: None

Number Built: 71 (models 2-7)