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Canadian Vickers VEDETTE

The Canadian Vickers Vedette was the first aircraft in Canada designed and built to meet a Canadian specification for Canadian conditions. It was a single engine flying boat purchased to meet a RCAF specification for an aircraft suitable for forestry survey and fire protection control work. The type went on to have a long and distinguished career in civil operations with the RCAF. Five versions of the Vedette were produced, including two amphibious versions and one with an enclosed cabin on an all-metal hull. With the exception of these major changes however most of the remaining differences between versions were relatively minor and not externally visible. Each version was produced with a range of optional engine types.

In RCAF service, the aircraft proved popular and versatile. It was able to perform photographic and forestry patrols satisfactorily and provided a backbone for RCAF flying operations through the difficult depression years. They lasted even until the outbreak of war.

aircraft specifications
CDN Reg:
Manufacturer: Canadian Vickers
Crew / Passengers: crew of three: one pilot and 2 passengers
Power Plant(s): one 200 hp Wolseley Viper , Rolls Royce Falcon or Wright J4 or 185 hp Armstrong Siddeley Lynx IVB radial engines
Performance: Max Speed: 95 mph ( 153 km/h) Cruising Speed: 87 mph ( 140 km/h)
Service Ceiling: 13,000 ft (3,962 m)
Weights: Empty: 2,140 lb ( 972 kg) Gross: 3,155 lb ( 1,432 kg)
Dimensions: Upper Span: 42 ft 0 in ( 12.8 m) Length: 32 ft 10 in ( 10.0 m)
Height: 11 ft 9 in ( 3.58 m) Wing Area: 496 sq ft (46.04 sq m)
Armament: None
RCAF Canadian Vickers Vedette aircraft shown in its element (CF Photo)

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