Consolidated Fleetster

1st Flight 1929

Military Users-Spanish Republican Air Force, Argentine Navy, United States Army Air Corps, 1 evaluated by the United States Navy.

Consolidated Fleetster

The Consolidated Model 17 Fleetster was a 1920s American light transport monoplane aircraft built by the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation.

The Fleetster received Approved Type Certificate Number 369 on 29 September 1930.

Consolidated Fleetster

It was designed to meet a requirement of the New York, Rio, and Buenos Aires Line (NYRBA) for an aircraft to serve the coastal routes in South America.

The Fleetster had a streamlined all-metal monocoque fuselage with a wooden wing.

Consolidated Fleetster

The powerplant was a 575 hp (429 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-1860 Hornet B radial engine.

It was available as a landplane or seaplane and could accommodate up to eight passengers, although the three NYRBA aircraft were fitted with two full-width seats each for three passengers.

Consolidated Fleetster

A parasol-wing version (the Model 20 Fleetster) was also developed with the wing supported by four short struts.

The open cockpit was moved behind the passenger cabin and the resultant space was used as a cargo compartment.

Consolidated Fleetster

Three aircraft were built for NYRBA and a private Canadian customer.

In 1932 a carrier-borne dive bomber version (Model 18) was evaluated by the United States Navy as the XBY-1, it was not ordered, it was the first stressed-skin aircraft, and the first aircraft with integral fuel tanks in the wings operated by the Navy.

Consolidated Fleetster


Model 17-1, Model 17AF, Model 18, Model 20-1, Model 20-A, C-11, C-22.


Crew: one

Capacity: eight passengers

Length: 31 ft 9 in (9.68 m)

Wingspan: 45 ft 0 in (13.72 m)

Height: 10 ft 2 in (3.10 m)

Wing area: 313.5 sq ft (29.12 m2)

Empty weight: 3,326 lb (1,512 kg)

Gross weight: 5,600 lb (2,545 kg)

Power plant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1860, 575 hp (429 kW)


Maximum speed: 180 mph (290 km/h, 160 kn)

Cruise speed: 153 mph (246 km/h, 133 kn)

Range: 675 mi (1,086 km, 587 nmi)

Service ceiling: 18,000 ft (5,485 m)

Consolidated Fleetster


Reuben Fleet and the story of Consolidated Aircraft-William Wagner.

Consolidated Aircraft Corporation-Katrina Pescador, Mark Aldrich.

The Complete book of fighters-William Green, Gordon Swanborough.


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