FLEET MODEL 60 FORT
- Intermediate training monoplane designed in Canada in 1938, with
tandem seating and raised rear cockpit. PV prototype, with 330 hp
Jacobs L-6MB engine, first flown at Fort Erie on March 22, 1940.
RCAF production order for 200 placed and name Fort adopted, but
contract cut to 100 when need for intermediate trainer dropped.
First production Fort I flown April 18, 1941, and deliveries completed
June 1942. Role changed to wireless trainer, and trial installation
of R. 1082 receiver/T.1083 transmitter in rear cockpit, with aft-facing
seat for trainee operator, flown at Rockliffe Air Station in February
1942. Identified as Fort Us, converted aircraft used at No 2 Wireless
School, Calgary, for remainder of war.
Max speed, 162
mph (261 kmlh). Rate of climb, 1,100 ft/min (5.6 m/sec). Service
ceiling, 15,000 ft (4,572 m). Empty weight, 2,601 Ib (1,181 kg).
Gross weight, 3,650 Ib (1,657 kg). Span, 36 ft 0 in (10.97 m). Length,
26 ft 10'14 in (8.18 m). Wing area, 216 sq ft (20.07m2).