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Canadian Vickers Vista

The Canadian Vickers Vista was a Canadian designed single-seat flying boat.

The Vista was the first Canadian designed monoplane.

It had a duralumin sheet hull, and the tail was made of framed metal tubing.

The wings were made of wood and the wing and tail surfaces were fabric.

The design proved to have some undesirable traits.

Since the RCAF chose the de Havilland DH.60 Moth, only one Vista was ever built.

Once the prototype was completed, the production order was cancelled.

After testing the airframe, the aircraft was shipped to the (RCAF) Air Station at (Jericho Beach), Vancouver in September 1930, where it was used for taxiing practice.

When not being used it was moored out to test the effects of salt water on its duralumin hull.

By 1931 the corrosion on the hull was bad enough that it was recommended for scrapping, and this was done in May of that year.





23 ft 8 in (7.22 m)


29 ft 6 in (8.98 m)


7 ft 6 in (2.28 m)

Empty weight

655 lb (297 kg)

Gross weight

1,005 lb (456 kg)

Fuel capacity

110 lb (50 kg) fuel & oil


1 × Armstrong-Siddeley Genet 5-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine,

75 hp (56 kW)


2-bladed fixed-pitch pusher propeller


Maximum speed

90 mph (140 km/h, 78 kn)

Alighting speed

45 mph (39 kn; 72 km/h)

Cruise speed

66 mph (106 km/h, 57 kn)

Service ceiling

12,000 ft (3,700 m)

Rate of climb

650 ft/min (3.3 m/s).

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