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Fleet 16B Finch

1941 FLEET FINCH - SUMMER IS COMING! We've owned this delightful vintage biplane for over a decade but the hangar keeps filling up with other machines so it's time for her to go. ‍

She spent WW-II serving as a trainer for the Royal Canadian Air Force, later moving to the USA where she was eventually restored to her current condition.

The Fleet is so easy to live with! Easy to push around by yourself with tail wheel and tow-bar. Easy to start (with starter!), easy to ground handle (brakes and tailwheel). She's just easy to own, to fly, and to live with generally. And the unusually generous windscreens actually keep the wind off your face, so you can fly without goggles if you wish.

Come fly her home!

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  • Powerplant: One 120 kw (160 hp) Kinner R55 five-cylinder air-cooled radial engine
  • Wingspan (upper and lower): 8.53 m (28 ft)
  • Length: 6.55 m (21 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 2.43 m (8 ft)
  • Wing area: 9.29 m² (100 sq ft)
  • Max speed: 185 km/h (115 mph)
  • Cruising speed: 153 km/h (95 mph)
  • Landing speed: 76 km/h (47 mph)
  • Rate of climb at sea level: 244 m/min (800 ft/min)
  • Ceiling: 4,267 m (14,000 ft)
  • Range: 483 km (300 miles)
  • Empty weight: 520 kg (1,146 lb)
  • Useful load: 269 kg (594 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 789 kg (1,740 lb)