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Designer

Manufacturer

basic designation

variant or model

name

 

company designation

company number

 

 

 

G-CYXA

Fokker

Canadian Vickers

Universal

 

 

 

 

CV131

 

 

 

 

Aircraft found to be overweight, never taken on strength.  Later to civil register as CF-AFL.  Registered to Western Canada Airways of Winnipeg on 9 August 1929.  Damaged beyond repair in December 1933, when it sank through the ice at Sydney Lake, Manitoba.

 

first date: 12 April 1929

 

last date: 9 August 1929

 

purchased

 

Sold.

G-CYXB

Fairchild

Fairchild USA

71

 

 

 

 

625

 

 

 

 

Used at Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Detached, on skiis, to do winter surveys north of Lake Superior, Operation Kenora, in January 1935.  Later became RCAF 644.

 

first date: 30 April 1929

 

last date: 8 October 1941

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, as RCAF 644.

G-CYXC

Curtiss-Reid

 

Rambler

Mk. II / I

 

 

 

1003

 

 

 

 

Registration issued on 6 May 1929.  Only RCAF Rambler fitted with factory optional Handley Page slats.  Delivered as Mk. II (Cirrus II engine), converted to Mk. I when it was re-engined with ADC Cirrus Hermes in October 1930.  To civil register as CF-CDY on 7 March 1932, still owned by Department of National Defense.  Loaned to Brandon Flying Club on 26 March 1934.  Crashed and destroyed at Napinka, Manitoba on 12 July 1934, when it stalled on takeoff from a farmer's field.

 

first date: 17 October 1929

 

last date: 18 September 1936

 

Delivered, taken on strength same day.

 

Application to write off.

G-CYXD

Curtiss-Reid

 

Rambler

Mk. II / I

 

 

 

1006

 

 

 

 

delivered as Mk. II, converted to Mk. I.

 

first date: 17 October 1929

 

last date: 31 October 1931

 

Delivered, taken on strength same day.

 

Struck off, after Category A crash on 25 May 1930.

G-CYXE

de Havilland

 

D.H.60

 

Moth

 

D.H.60GM

757

 

 

 

 

As reported in Griffin.  Manufactured in the UK, assembled by DHC.  Category A crash at Demaine, Saskatchewan on 21 January 1930.  Rebuilt after crash.  To civil register as CF-CEG on 5 October 1934, still owned by Department of National Defense.  Loaned to Hamilton Aero Club on that day.  Sold to this club on 9 October 1936.  Sold to Leavens Brothers Air Services on 1 June 1940.  Sold to W. Steele of Strathroy, Ontario, date unclear.  Reported stored by 13 June 1943.

 

first date: 23 April 1929

 

last date: 4 October 1934

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, later sold.

G-CYXE

Canadian Vickers

 

Vedette

V

 

 

 

CV 126

 

 

 

 

Reported in "Canadian Aircraft Since 1909", but not in Griffin.  May be a typo.

G-CYXF

de Havilland

 

DH.60

 

Moth

 

D.H.60GM

759

 

 

 

 

Manufactured in UK., assembled by DHC.  Used at Ladder Lake.

 

first date: 19 April 1929

 

last date: 5 May 1931

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, later sold.

G-CYXG

de Havilland

 

DH.60

 

Moth

 

D.H.60 GM (or X?)

758

 

 

 

 

Manufactured in UK., assembled by DHC.  To civil register as CF-APC.  Registered to K.G. Southam of Toronto, Ontario on 21 July 1932.  Registered to G.A.R. Cowan of Toronto on 22 February 1934.  Crashed in lake at Jellicoe, Ontario on 14 January 1935, but salvaged.  Sold to F. R. Kelly of Barrie, Ontario on 14 July 1935, no further record.

 

first date: 5 March 1929

 

last date: 21 July 1932

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, sold same day to de Havilland Canada.

G-CYXH

de Havilland

 

DH.60

 

Moth

 

D.H.60 GM

756

 

 

 

 

Manufactured in UK., assembled by DHC.  Based at Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Used for forestry patrols, on floats, from Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba, summer of 1929.

 

first date: 24 April 1929

 

last date: 9 December 1929

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, after pilot bailed out after becoming lost in fire smoke, 26 August 1929.  Walked out.

G-CYXI

de Havilland

 

DH.60

 

Moth

 

D.H.60 X

463, 530

 

 

 

 

Company number 463 manufactured in UK in 1927, assembled by DHC.   First delivered as G-CAKH, registered to Department of National Defense on 12 June 1928, intended for Aero Club of B.C.  Crashed at High River Alberta, on 15 June 1928.  Struck a fence on take-off, while on loan to RCAF.  Taken on strength by RCAF after crash, probably to allow purchase of flying club replacement from RCAF funds, then struck off same day.  Replaced by c/n 530, which was registered as G-CYXI on same day.  C/n 463 was repaired,  issued to Civil Aviation Branch 6 June 1929, remarked as CF-AFA next month.  See this registration for subsequent history.  C/n 530 was registered as G-CAKH in July 1928, finally delivered to Vancouver Aero Club.  Collided with G-CAIS while landing on 9 March 1930.  Grounded after failing inspection on 25 April 1931, finally scrapped in September 1937.

 

first date: 13 July 1928

 

last date: July 1928

 

Taken on charge (c/n 463 and 530)

 

463 struck off, became CF-AFA.  530 registered as C-GAKH.

G-CYXJ

Pitcairn

 

Mailwing

 

 

 

PA-5

18

 

 

 

 

Used by Station Flight, Camp Borden, for air mail trials.  Operated by S/L Tudhope on route surveys in Alberta and BC in 1930.  Category B damage on 24 July 1931.

 

first date: 3 April 1928

 

last date: 20 January 1932

 

Certificate of Registration issued

 

Struck off

G-CYXK

Fairchild

Canadian Vickers, Montreal

FC-2 / 51

 

 

 

 

CV 86

 

 

 

 

Converted to Model 51 by Fairchild Canada on 4 July 1931, having arrived there on 2 July 1930.  Later became RCAF 620.

 

first date: 29 August 1928

 

last date: 5 October 1946

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, as RCAF 620.

G-CYXL

Fairchild

Fairchild, USA

FC-2

 

 

 

 

66

 

 

 

 

Also reported to be an FC-2L (conversion?).  Used on Churchill survey of 1929.

 

first date: 6 May 1928

 

last date: 10 October 1931

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, after Category A crash on 4 July 1931.

G-CYXM

Fairchild

Fairchild, USA

FC-2 / 51L

 

 

 

 

64

 

 

 

 

Used on Churchill survey of 1929.  Converted to 51L, with Lynx engine, on 7 April 1930.  Later became RCAF 613.

 

first date: 6 May 1928

 

last date: 16 January 1935

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, as RCAF 613

G-CYXN

Fairchild

Fairchild, USA

FC-2W

 

 

 

 

90

 

 

 

 

Used at Vancouver, BC.  Later became RCAF 615.

 

first date: 4 June 1928

 

last date: 23 July 1935

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, as RCAF 615.

G-CYXO

Fairchild

Fairchild, USA

FC-2W

 

 

 

 

88

 

 

 

 

Operated on floats.  With No. 9 Photographic Detachment, summer of 1930.  Photographed parts of north-west Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta that year.  Forced landing on an unamed lake in northern Alberta 23 July 1930, repaired and flown out.  Based at Vancouver, BC, dates unknown.  Category B damage on 3 March 1936.  Later became RCAF 616.

 

first date: 13 June 1928

 

last date: 21 July 1936

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, as RCAF 616.

G-CYXP

Fairchild

Fairchild, USA

FC-2W

 

 

 

 

94

 

 

 

 

With No. 7 Photo Detachment in 1928, based at Rockcliffe, Ontario and detached to Ste. Agathe des Montes, PQ from June of that year.  Caught there by an early freeze, and returned to Rockcliffe on wheels, behind a truck.  Unofficial radio call sign with this unit was "Xanatic Paladin".  With No. 9 Photographic Detachment, summer of 1930.  Photographed parts of north-west Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta that year.  Based at Vancouver, BC, dates unknown.  Later became RCAF 617.

 

first date: 13 June 1928

 

last date: 5 April 1935

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, as RCAF 617.

G-CYXQ

Fairchild

Fairchild, USA

FC-2

FC-2L

 

 

 

84

 

 

 

 

Operated on floats.  Based at Vancouver, BC, with No. 1 Photo Detachment.  Detached to interior BC and the Quenn Charlotte Islands for photo surveys in 1930.  Pilot was F/O (later A/M) C.R. Dunlap.  Still with this unit in 1931, when it photographed large areas of northern Vancouver Island.  Operated from several bases, including Sproat Lake (future home of the Mars water bombers).  Later became RCAF 618.

 

first date: 4 June 1928

 

last date: 5 April 1935

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, as RCAF 618.

G-CYXR

Fairchild

Fairchild, USA

FC-2W

 

 

 

 

82

 

 

 

 

first date: 13 June 1928

 

last date: 6 March 1930

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, after Category A crash on 28 October 1929.

G-CYXS

Canadian Vickers

 

Vancouver

I/IA

 

 

 

CV 107

 

 

 

 

First Vancouver prototype. Accepted by RCAF 21 September 1929  (also reported as 23 August 1929). Partially modified to Mk. II standards in 1930, as Mk. IA.

 

first date: April 1929

 

last date: 3 October 1934

 

First flight

 

Struck off strength

G-CYXT

Fairchild

Canadian Vickers, Montreal

FC-2

 

 

 

 

CV 85

 

 

 

 

Used at Norway House.

 

first date: 20 July 1928

 

last date: 24 April 1930

 

Taken on charge

 

Struck off

G-CYXU

Fairchild

Canadian Vickers, Montreal

FC-2/-2L

 

 

 

 

CV 84

 

 

 

 

Converted to FC-2L by Ottawa Car Co., using US supplied kit, on 21 June 1930.  Became RCAF 614.

 

first date: 13 September 1929

 

last date: 14 August 1934

 

Taken on charge

 

Struck off, as RCAF 614.

G-CYXV

Fairchild

Canadian Vickers, Montreal

FC-2/51A

 

 

 

 

CV 83

 

 

 

 

Taken on strength 2 August 1928.  First Canadian Vickers built FC-2. Converted to 51A, 16 January 1931.  Became RCAF 626

 

first date: 29 June 1928

 

last date: 8 February 1944

 

First flight, from St. Lawrence River, by C. S. Caldwell

 

Struck off, as RCAF 626

G-CYXW

Fairchild

Fairchild USA

FC-2/51A

 

 

 

 

68

 

 

 

 

Converted to 51A, 24 January 1931.  Later became RCAF 624.

 

first date: 9 May 1928

 

last date: 27 August 1942

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, as RCAF 624

G-CYXX

Fairchild

Fairchild USA

FC-2

 

 

 

 

63

 

 

 

 

Also reported to be an FC-2L (conversion?)

 

first date: 9 May 1928

 

last date: 7 June 1930

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, after Category A crash at Regina, Saskatchewan on 22 April 1930.

G-CYXY

Fairchild

Fairchild USA

FC-2/51

 

 

 

 

65

 

 

 

 

Later became RCAF 211, then 623. Also reported to be an FC-2L (conversion?)

 

first date: 12 april 1928

 

last date: 19 May 1938

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, as RCAF 623.

G-CYXZ

Canadian Vickers

 

Vedette

II

 

 

 

CV 90

 

 

 

 

Ferried from Rocklciffe, Ontario to No. 3 Photo Detachment at Sioux Lookout, Ontario early 1929, via North Bay, Sudbury, Oba Lake, and Orient Bay.  Used at Cormorant Lake.  To civil register as CF-MAD, registered to Manitoba Government Air Service on 2 June 1932.  Withdrawn from us on 23 May 1935, no further information.

 

first date: 26 July 1928

 

last date: 13 May 1932

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, later sold.

G-CYYA

Canadian Vickers

 

Vedette

II

 

 

 

CV 76

 

 

 

 

Used at Ladder Lake.  To civil register as CF-MAC, registered to Manitoba Government Air Service on 2 June 1932.  Withdrawn from use on 23 May 1935, no further information.

 

first date: 16 June 1928

 

last date: 13 May 1932

 

Completed at Canadian Vickers

 

Struck off, later sold.

G-CYYB

Canadian Vickers

 

Vedette

II

 

 

 

CV 73

 

 

 

 

Used at Lac du Bonnet.

 

first date: 14 June 1928

 

last date: 25 November 1931

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off.

G-CYYC

Canadian Vickers

 

Vedette

II

 

 

 

CV 72

 

 

 

 

Used at Cormorant Lake.  To civil register as CF-MAE, registered to Manitoba Government Air Service on 2 June 1932.  Engine caught fire on shut down at dock at Cranberry Portage, Manitoba on 28 July 1932, aircraft totally destroyed.

 

first date: 14 June 1928

 

last date: 13 May 1932

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, later sold.

G-CYYD

Canadian Vickers

 

Vedette

II

 

 

 

CV 71

 

 

 

 

Based at Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba.  Sold to Manitoba government for $1.00.  Became CF-MAB, registered to Manitoba Government Air Service on 2 June 1932.  Withdrawn from use on 9 May 1935, no further information.

 

first date: 18 March 1928

 

last date: 13 May 1932

 

Acceptance test flight.

 

Struck off, later sold to Manitoba Air Sevice

G-CYYE

Canadian Vickers

 

Vedette

II

 

 

 

CV 58

 

 

 

 

Used at Winnipeg, Manitoba.

 

first date: 3 March 1928

 

last date: 23 May 1929

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off.

G-CYYF

Canadian Vickers

 

Vedette

II

 

 

 

CV 57

 

 

 

 

First Vedette delivered with strengthened front hull and wing carry through structure, later retrofitted to all surviving aircraft.  Used in northern Ontario.

 

first date: 29 March 1928

 

last date: 4 September 1930

 

Taken on strength.

 

Struck off, after Category A accident 17 July 1930.

G-CYYG

de Havilland

 

DH.60

DH.60X

Moth

 

 

503

 

 

 

 

Manufactured in UK., assembled by DHC.  Loaned to Edmonton and Northern Alberta Flying Club from 31 May 1929.  Sold to this club on 12 September 1936.  Only ex Air Board aircraft to retain original registration after passing to new owner.  Sold by the club in July 1938.  Several subsequent private owners, all in Alberta.  Withdrawn from use and stored at Westlock, Alberta on 15 April 1944.  Now at Reynolds Pioneer Museum, Wetaskiwin, Alberta.

 

first date: 4 May 1928

 

last date: 12 September 1936

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off and sold.

G-CYYH

de Havilland

 

DH.60

DH.60X

Moth

 

 

496

 

 

 

 

Manufactured in UK., assembled by DHC.  Used at High River, Alberta.

 

first date: 7 July 1928

 

last date: 20 November 1929

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off.

G-CYYI

de Havilland

 

DH.60

DH.60X

Moth

 

 

495

 

 

 

 

Manufactured in UK., assembled by DHC.  Became Instructional Airframe A 2.

 

first date: 7 July 1928

 

last date: 2 October 1937

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off.

G-CYYJ

de Havilland

 

DH.60

DH.60X

Moth

 

DH.60X

490

 

 

 

 

Manufactured in UK., assembled by DHC.  Operated on floats.  Caregory B damage on 14 September 1929, at Millarville, Saskatchewan.  To civil register as CF-CEF on 6 September 1934, still owned by Department of National Defense.  Loaned to Saint John Aero Club (New Brunswick).  Hit truck while landing at St. John, NB on 31 July 1936, not repaired.

 

first date: 27 April 1928

 

last date: 15 April 1937

 

Taken on strength.

 

Struck off.

G-CYYK

de Havilland

 

DH.60

DH.60X

Moth

 

DH.60X

489

 

 

 

 

Manufactured in UK., assembled by DHC.  Operated on floats, at Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Used as an instructional airframe by No. 111 Squadron (Auxiliary) at Vancouver in the late 1930s, Instructional Airframe number A 3 assigned.

 

first date: 27 April 1928

 

last date: 13 March 1938

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off.

G-CYYL

de Havilland

 

DH.60

DH.60X

Moth

 

DH.60X

488

 

 

 

 

Manufactured in UK., assembled by DHC.  Operated on floats.  To civil register as CF-CED on 6 September 1934, still owned by Department of National Defense.  Loaned to Cape Breton Flying Club.  Re-engined with DH Gipsey I in March 1939.  Stalled while doing circuits and crashed at Sydney, NS on 17 June 1940.

 

first date: 27 April 1928

 

last date: 15 April 1937

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off as CF-CED, later sold.

G-CYYM

de Havilland

 

DH.60

DH.60X

Moth

 

 

494 (or 1341?)

 

 

 

 

Manufactured in UK., assembled by DHC.  Used at Cormorant Lake.  Returned to de Havilland Canada in 1931, stored. To civil register as CF-APM, first registered to R.F. Stepehenson of Winnipeg, Manitoba on 9 May 1931.  Several subsequent owners in Winnipeg.  Withdrawn from use on 3 October 1936, after failing Certificate of Airwrthiness inspection on 3 October 1936.

 

first date: 7 July 1928

 

last date: 9 May 1931

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, later sold

G-CYYN

de Havilland

 

DH.60

DH.60X

Moth

 

 

493

 

 

 

 

Manufactured in UK., assembled by DHC.

 

first date: 7 July 1928

 

last date: 16 August 1929

 

Taken on strength.

 

Struck off, after Category A crash on 10 June 1929.

G-CYYO

de Havilland

 

DH.60

DH.60X

Moth

 

DH.60X

492

 

 

 

 

Manufactured in UK., assembled by DHC.  Operated on floats.

 

first date: 7 July 1928

 

last date: 5 September 1929

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, after Category A crash on 16 June 1929.

G-CYYP

de Havilland

 

DH.60

DH.60X

Moth

 

 

491

 

 

 

 

Manufactured in UK., assembled by DHC.  Used at Shirley's Bay, Ontario.

 

first date: 29 May 1928

 

last date: 16 January 1929

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off.

G-CYYQ

de Havilland

 

DH.60

DH.60X

Moth

 

DH.60X

487

 

 

 

 

Manufactured in UK., assembled by DHC.  Operated on floats.

 

first date: 5 May 1928

 

last date: 14 November 1929

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, after Category A crash on 26 July 1929

G-CYYR

de Havilland

 

DH.60

DH.60X

Moth

 

DH.60X

486

 

 

 

 

Manufactured in UK., assembled by DHC.  Operated on floats.  Operated from Ladder Lake, Saskatchewan on forestry patrols in 1930.  Received new metal fuselage, company number DHC1344, and Cirrus III engine in November 1929.  To civil register as CF-CEB on 17 August 1934, still owned by Department of National Defense.  Loaned to Edmonton and Northern Alberta Aero Club.  Crashed 3 miles NW Calgary on 25 July 1935, while low flying over a farm.

 

first date: 5 June 1928

 

last date: 25 July 1935

 

Taken on strength.

 

Written off in crash.

G-CYYS

de Havilland

 

DH.60

DH.60X

Moth

 

DH.60X

485

 

 

 

 

Manufactured in UK., assembled by DHC.  Used on floats.  To civil register as CF-CDD on 2 August 1931, still owned by Department of National Defense.  Loaned to Border Cities Aero Club at Walkerville, Ontario.  Reported damaged beyond repair when it turned over on takeoff from Walkerville on 4 November 1932.

 

first date: 5 June 1928

 

last date: 3 September 1936

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off.

G-CYYT

Fairchild

Fairchild USA

FC-2/51A

 

 

 

 

23

 

 

 

 

Converted to 51A on 12 March 1931.  Later became RCAF 627.

 

first date: 4 November 1927

 

last date: 2 October 1941

 

Taken on strength

 

Sold, see comments with RCAF 625.

G-CYYU

Fairchild

Fairchild USA

FC-2W1

 

 

 

 

92

 

 

 

 

First FC-2W with RCAF.  Carried marking "Fairchild FC-2W1" on vertical tail.  With No. 7 Photo Detachment in 1928, based at Rockcliffe, Ontario and detached to Ste. Agathe des Montes, PQ from June of that year.  Unofficial radio call sign while with this unit was "Your Uncle".  Operated on floats, from Winnipeg, Manitoba and Vancouver, BC.  Later became RCAF 619.

 

first date: 21 May 1928

 

last date: 1933

 

Taken on strength

 

Renumbered as RCAF 619 (which see).

G-CYYV

Fairchild

Fairchild USA

FC-2/51

 

 

 

 

19

 

 

 

 

First FC-2 operated by the RCAF.  Operated on floats, wheels and skiis.  Flipped over and sank while taxiing in strong winds at Shirley Bay, Ontario on 12 November 1927.  Repairs took until May 1928, and included complete fuselage replacement.  To Ladder Lake, Saskatchewan, on skiis, spring of 1930.  Operated in western Canada on floats that summer.  Converted to Model 51 on 14 January 1931.  Used to survey air mail routes between Toronto and Montreal, summer of 1932.

 

first date: 20 October 1927

 

last date: 20 November 1941

 

Taken on strength.

 

Struck off, as RCAF 625

G-CYYW

de Havilland

 

DH.60

DH.60X

Moth

 

 

457

 

 

 

 

Manufactured in UK., assembled by DHC.  Used at Ottawa.  With No. 7 Photo Detachment, based at Rockcliffe, Ontario.  Unofficial radio call sign while with this unit was "Young Woman".

 

first date: 13 Janaury 1928

 

last date: 3 December 1929.

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off.

G-CYYX

de Havilland

 

DH.60

DH.60X

Moth

 

 

456

 

 

 

 

Manufactured in UK., assembled by DHC.  Used at Winnipeg.

 

first date: 16 January 1928

 

last date: 3 December 1929

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off.

G-CYYY

de Havilland

 

DH.60

DH.60 GM

Moth

 

 

760

 

 

 

 

Manufactured in UK., assembled by DHC.  Became CF-CEC on 26 October 1934, loaned to the Winnipeg Flying Club, still owned by Department of National Defense.

 

first date: 9 April 1929

 

last date: 18 November 1936

 

Taken on strength

 

Damaged beyond repair at Winnipeg.

G-CYYZ

Canadian Vickers

 

Vedette

V

 

 

 

CV 125

 

 

 

 

Seen at Rockcliffe with nose mounted oblique camera in August 1929.  First RCAF Vedette with wing slots.  Became CF-SAC, registered to the Government of Saskatchewan on 19 August 1933.  Withdrawn from use on 21 May 1936.

 

first date: 9 July 1929

 

last date: 23 August 1933

 

Taken on strength.

 

Struck off, sold.

G-CYZA

Canadian Vickers

 

Vedette

V

 

 

 

CV 128

 

 

 

 

Used at Lac du Bonnet.  Became RCAF 805.    This registration was also reserved for Armstrong Whitworth Atlas, which became RCAF 17 almost immediately after delivery in December 1927.

 

first date: 27 August 1929

 

last date: 15 January 1940

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, as RCAF 805.

G-CYZB

Canadian Vickers

 

Vedette

V

 

 

 

CV 124

 

 

 

 

Ferried from Rocklciffe, Ontario to Cormorant Lake, Ontario in spring of 1929.  Based at Ladder Lake.  Became RCAF 806.  This registration was also reserved for Armstrong Whitworth Atlas, which became RCAF 16 almost immediately after delivery in December 1927.

 

first date: 12 July 1929

 

last date: 18 January 1937

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, as RCAF 806, after Category A crash at Trenton on 29 October 1936.

G-CYZC

Canadian Vickers

 

Vedette

V

 

 

 

CV 127

 

 

 

 

Fitted with Lynx engine.  Destroyed by storm while moored in Manitoba, one month after arriving there.

 

first date: 15 June 1929

 

last date: 21 October 1929

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off.

G-CYZD

Canadian Vickers

 

Vedette

V / VAM

 

 

 

CV 123 / 170

 

 

 

 

Became RCAF 816.  Rebuilt as Mk. VAM, with metal fuselage CV 170, 26 November 1936.

 

first date: 12 June 1929

 

last date: 26 May 1941

 

Taken on strength.

 

Struck off, as RCAF 816.

G-CYZE

Canadian Vickers

 

Vedette

V

 

 

 

CV 126

 

 

 

 

Used at Lac du Bonnet.  Became RCAF 807.  This registration also reserved for Armstrong Whitworth Sisken, which became RCAF 21 almost immediately after delivery in December 1927.

 

first date: 19 June 1929

 

last date: 15 January 1940

 

Taken on strength.

 

Struck off, as RCAF 807.

G-CYZF

Canadian Vickers

 

Vedette

V

 

 

 

CV 122 or 149

 

 

 

 

CV 122 crashed before delivery,on 17 May 1929, during spinning trials. Company pilot, famed bush-pilot C.S. "Jack" Caldwell, bailed out.  (Possibly first successful parachute save in Canada.)  Replaced by CV 149.  Later became CF-MAA, with Manitoba Government Air Service from 2 June 1932.  Withdrawn from service on 15 April 1937.  This registration also reserved for Armstrong Whitworth Siskin, which became RCAF 20 almost immediately after delivery in December 1927.

 

first date: 8 August 1929

 

last date: 13 May 1932

 

Taken on strength (CV 149)

 

Struck off, sold to Manitoba.

G-CYZG

Douglas

 

O-2

O-2BS/MO-2B

 

 

 

265

 

 

 

 

Registered as NC236 when puirchased by J. D. McKee.  Used by  J.D. McKee for trans-Canada flight 11 to 19 Sept 1927 (Montreal to Vancouver, on floats), with RCAF crew.  Purchased by RCAF after death of McKee.  Converted to MO-2B after purchase.  This may have made it the first P&W powered aircraft in the RCAF.  Used for photo surveys and demonstration air mail flights.  Forced landing on ice of Ottawa River following engine problems, 31 January 1929.  Was on air mail flight, Montreal to Ottawa.  Towed to RCAF Station Rockcliffe onboard a sleigh.

 

first date: 22 August 1927

 

last date: 8 January 1930

 

Taken on Canadian register.

 

Struck off.

G-CYZH

Keystone

 

Puffer

 

 

 

 

105

 

 

 

 

Taken on strength 27 June 1927.  Operated for Agricultural Department on crop spraying and insecticide spraying experiments.  Sprayed wheat fields near Morden, Manitoba.  Operated on wheels.  Used for forestry patrols from RCAF Station High River, Alberta.

 

first date: June 1927

 

last date: 16 July 1929

 

Ferried to Canada

 

crashed near McDonald, Manitoba.  Category B damage, but written off.

G-CYZI

Keystone

 

Puffer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taken on strength 13 June 1927.  Operated for Agricultural Department on crop spraying and insecticide spraying experiments.  Operated on floats.  Flew demonstration air mail routes between St. Johns, NB and Montreal, PQ in December 1927.  Forced landed in Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton Island 14 September 1928, after engine problems.  Claimed as salvage by local fisherman, sold back to RCAF for $25.  Sprayed for mosquitos near Winnipeg in 1931.

 

first date: June 1927

 

last date: 22 October 1934

 

Ferried to Canada

 

Struck off, reported scrapped in 1932.

G-CYZJ

Canadian Vickers

 

Vanessa

 

 

 

 

CV 36

 

 

 

 

Civil registration G-CAFG also reserved (for company trials?). Taken on strength 26 April 1927.  Initial tests complete 27 April 1927. Modified to decrease drag, flown again 21 August 1927 by Sdn. Leader J. H. Tudhope. A. S. Lynx replaced by Wright Whirlwind, f/f 30 August 1927 by Tudhope. Fairried to Ottawa 2 Sept. by Tudhope, lost fuselage fairing en route. Trial mail flights to steamers in lower St. Lawrence September 1927. Damaged on takeoff from near Empress of France 9 September 1927, float fitting failed. Badly damaged, salvaged but never repaired.

 

first date: 19 April 1927

 

last date: 13 September 1927

 

f/f from St. Lawrence River by Flt. Lt. R. S. Grandy

 

Struck off after crash, see comments.

G-CYZK

Canadian Vickers

 

Vedette

II

 

 

 

CV 52

 

 

 

 

Planned to have enclosed cockpit, specification changed before aircraft was built.  Later became RCAF no. 11 (which see).

 

first date: 17 September 1927

 

last date: c.1928

 

taken on strength

 

Redesignated

G-CYZL

Canadian Vickers

 

Vedette

II

 

 

 

CV 51

 

 

 

 

Survey missions over Quebec in summer of 1928.  With No. 5 Photo Detachment at Rocklciffe, Ontario in 1929.  Left Rockcliffe on 6 June that year for detachment to Kashabowie, Ontario.  The flight took 14 hours flying time, over 8 days.

 

first date: 26 August 1927

 

last date: 5 September 1929

 

Taken on strength.

 

Struck off, following Category A accident on 18 June 1929.

G-CYZM

Canadian Vickers

 

Vedette

II

 

 

 

CV 50

 

 

 

 

Used at Lac la Ronge.  Sold to Saskatchewan Government on 1 June 1933, became CF-SAB.  Withdrawn from use on 28 May 1837.

 

first date: 17 May 1927

 

last date: 21 June 1933

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off.

G-CYZN

Canadian Vickers

 

Vedette

II

 

 

 

CV 41

 

 

 

 

Operated throughout Western Canada by No. 1 (Operations) Wing out of Winnipeg, Manitoba (Cormorant Lake).

 

first date: 15 March 1927

 

last date: 8 January 1931

 

Taken on strength.

 

Struck off.

G-CYZO

Canadian Vickers

 

Vedette

II

 

 

 

CV 40

 

 

 

 

Operated throughout Western Canada by No. 1 (Operations) Wing out of Winnipeg, Man.

 

first date: 24 March 1927

 

last date: 16 November 1929

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, after Category A crash on 10 September 1929.

G-CYZP

Canadian Vickers

 

Varuna

II

 

 

 

CV 49

 

 

 

 

first date: 8 August 1927

 

last date: 19 September 1927

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, after Category A crash at Shirley's Bay, Ontario on 19 August 1927.

G-CYZQ

Canadian Vickers

 

Varuna

II

 

 

 

CV 48

 

 

 

 

Used at Cormorant Lake.

 

first date: 4 August 1927

 

last date: 12 December 1930

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off.

G-CYZR

Canadian Vickers

 

Varuna

II

 

 

 

CV 47

 

 

 

 

Operated from Ladder Lake, Saskatchewan in 1929.  Probably struck off by 1930, but no date known.

 

first date: 13 June 1927

 

last date:

 

Taken on strength.

 

 

G-CYZS

Canadian Vickers

 

Varuna

II

 

 

 

CV 46

 

 

 

 

Operated throughout Western Canada by No. 1 (Operations) Wing out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, seen at Cormorant Lake.

 

first date: 27 May 1927

 

last date: 19 December 1930

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off.

G-CYZT

Canadian Vickers

 

Varuna

II

 

 

 

CV 38

 

 

 

 

Operated throughout Western Canada by No. 1 (Operations) Wing out of Winnipeg, Man.  At Cormorant Lake in 1927.  Also reported as Category B on 21 July 1930.

 

first date: 11 May 1927

 

last date: December 1930

 

Taken on strength

 

SOS after Category B accident 9 October 1930

G-CYZU

Canadian Vickers

 

Varuna

II

 

 

 

CV 37

 

 

 

 

Operated throughout Western Canada by No. 1 (Operations) Wing out of Winnipeg, Man.  Sank in Cross Lake, Manitoba, while attempting down wind landing following loss of aileron control.

 

first date: 11 May 1927

 

last date: 18 October 1927

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, after Category A crash on 9 June 1927, see comments.

G-CYZV

Canadian Vickers

 

Varuna

II

 

 

 

CV 39

 

 

 

 

Stationed at Dartmouth Air Station, with No. 4 (Operations) Squadron from 27 March 1927. Only Varuna based on the East Coast.  Shipped there by rail.  Photo surveys over Nova Scotia from Dartmouth and Shelburne, NS.  Was ferrying back to Ottawa for the winter at time of crash.

 

first date: 12 March 1927

 

last date: 14 March 1928.

 

Taken on strength.

 

Struck off, after crashing at Fredericton, NB on 9 November 1927.

G-CYZW

Canadian Vickers

 

Vigil

 

 

 

 

CV 44

 

 

 

 

Only Vigil built. Designed for forestry patrols to Specification C/11/26. Intended to replace DH.4s then used for these patrols.  Taken on strength 11 April 1928.  Poor high altitude performance due to being overweight, but good flying qualities.  Company trials at Cartierville through summer of 1928. Based at RCAF Rockcliffe for general duties.  Air mail trials in Maritimes 1929.

 

first date: 12 March 1928

 

last date: 3 November 1930

 

First flight, on skiis, from St. Hubert by S/L R. S. Grandy and F/L A. Ferrer.

 

Struck off, because of need for repairs and overhaul.

G-CYZX

Canadian Vickers

 

Velos

 

 

 

 

CV 45

 

 

 

 

Only Velos built. Found to be very overweight and c.g. estimate wrong. Required modifications delayed first flight until 18 July 1928. Designed to Government spec for photo survey, spec changed midway during development. A quote from the RCAF test report: "It is considered that this aircraft is most unsuitable for any operation carried out in the RCAF." Later found that wind tunnel model had been inaccurate (fuselage longer than as-built), leading to serious stability and control problems. K. M. Molsen called it "the worst aircraft built in Canada".

 

first date: 18 November 1927

 

last date: 30 November 1928

 

Launched, found to be overweight.

 

Sunk in snow storm, while moored in Canadian Vickers basin. Recovered, not repaired.

G-CYZY

Canadian Vickers

 

Vista

 

 

 

 

CV 43

 

 

 

 

Registration reserved, order cancelled before aircraft was built.

G-CYZZ

Canadian Vickers

 

Vista

 

 

 

 

CV 42?

 

 

 

 

Delivered to RCAF Rockcliffe on 1 November 1927, 5 forced landings en route due to fuel contamination.  Taken on strength 9 November 1927.  Only Vista built, although a second was ordered. Used for taxi training at seaplane school, RCAF Jericho Beach, B.C. with part of wing covering removed, from September 1930.  According to RCAF legend, became airborne at least once in this configuration.  Always moored in water, to test duraluminum hull - first duraluminum hull/fuselage built in Canada.

 

first date: 27 October 1927

 

last date: 4 May 1931

 

First flight from St. Lawrence River by S/L Grandy

 

Scrapped due to hull corrosion.


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