The Fleet Model 80 is a Canadian design that answered another pressing problem for the aviation industry. It was primarily used to train pilots, many of whom went on to fly in larger more capable aircraft. They were perfect for the task due to their low operating costs and side-by-side seating which made instruction easier. Ask any retired pilot and you will quickly find one who earned their wings in this "low and slow" aircraft nicknamed "the Canuck."
The Edmonton Flying club began acquiring them in the late 1940s and continued using them into the 1980s. Even a disastrous fire in 1967, which destroyed all the club's aircraft, did not deter them. The rebuilt club boasted seven more Canucks.
Fancifully painted in RCAF yellow, the museum's Fleet, CF-MHW is one of the last Canucks built. Owned for many years by Graham Heard of Edmonton, the aircraft was donated after his death in 2002.
The Fleet Model 80 Canuck will be open for seating opportunities at the museum's 2021 Open Cockpit Day
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