• Status: Temporarily in storage
  • Airworthiness: Airworthy (flown regularly)
  • Type: Trainer
  • Built: 1943
  • Serial Number: RCAF 10694
  • Construction Number: FC195
  • Civil Registration: C-GCWC
  • Current Markings: RCAF 10835
  • Length: 28 ft 8 in
  • Wingspan: 36 ft 11 in
  • Power: 200 hp
  • Engine: 1 x Ranger 6-440-C5
  • Maximum Speed: 122 mph
  • Cruising Speed: 101 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 13,200 ft

Aircraft Description

In early 1942, an agreement was signed between the Canadian Government and Fairchild Aircraft, which licenced Fleet Aircraft of Fort Erie, Ontario to construct the PT-26 Cornell in Canada. The first 800 Cornells used by the RCAF were supplied from Fairchild, until production commenced at Fort Erie in November 1942. By the end of the war in 1945, 2,853 Cornells had been built by Fleet - 1,565 for the RCAF and 1,288 for the RAF.

PT-26 Cornells were flown at many of the Elementary Flying Training Schools (EFTS) of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, where they replaced the Fleet Finch and the de Havilland Tiger Moth biplane trainers. After the Second World War, many Cornells were sold to the civilian market, but some were retained by the RCAF, where they were finally retired in 1948.

The Museum's Cornell was built by Fleet Aircraft in 1943 and served with No. 3 FIS, Arnprior, Ontario and No. 11 EFTS, Cap de la Madeleine, Quebec. The Museum acquired the aircraft in 1979 and by early 1982 a group of Fleet employees and friends had restored it to flying condition. It displays the markings of the 1000th Cornell built by Fleet and is named "Spirit of Fleet II".

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