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Fleet Super V Bonanza


All of the twin V-tails are converted single-engine Bonanzas.A prototype flew in 1956 and was built by Mr. David G. Peterson and his Skyline, Inc. At the time, Peterson was chief pilot for Sinclair Oil Company in Tulsa, Okla­homa.

To help sales, a Pan American World Airways pilot, 'Chuck' Banfe, flew a Super-V round the world, to and from Honolulu, between 15 and 24 October, 1960, covering some 21,000 miles (33,800 km) in 212 hours. This aircraft (originally c/n SV 101) was later rebuilt by Fleet as SV 116 and became the company's demonstrator.


Rights then went to Oakland Airmotive (later renamed Bay Aviation) in 1959, who converted sev­eral Bonanzasrenamed Oakland Super V. The modifications to twin engine were so extensive that the Super V was certificated as new aircraft by the FAA. Bay assigned construction numbers SV 110 and SV 111 but the aircraft were not built.
Bay sold tooling, engineering data and type certificate for the Super V to Fleet Aircraft, Inc., of Buffalo in 1961. Arrangements had been made in 1961 to move the basic conversion programme to Fort Erie, where work was started in January 1962. Several modifications and design improvements were made by Fleet, including new engine cowls for the Lycoming O-360-A1A engines which had replaced the A1B fuel-injection engines previously used; a nose-cone for a landing light; better soundproofing; an improved entry door; and a revised instrument panel. Canadian certification was also obtained. Five more were produced in 1962/1963.
Although the structural details of the original Super-V were generally similar to those of the Bonanza, the modifications were extensive enough to require recertification as a new aircraft. The wings and fuselage were similar, but greatly strengthened, and engine mountings had to be designed for the wing. A glass-fibre fairing covered the nose, where the additional capacity was used for baggage. The leading edges of each wing were sealed to provide integral tanks for 30 US gal (114 litres), giving a total fuel capacity of 100 US gal (378 litres).
The five new Super-Vs built by Fleet in Canada were: SV 112 (N249C), SV 113 (N551B), SV 114 (N4559V), SV 115 (N1T) and SV 117 (N457B). The respective c/ns of the Bonanzas used for these conversions were D-1243, 1569, 1388, 422 and 1474. SV 110 and 111 were not built, and two SV 102 and 103, had by the end of 1963 been destroyed.


The Super V was not a marketing success and some 14 were actually produced.



Engine: 2 x Lycoming O-360, 180 hp.
Empty wt: 2510 lbs.
MTOW: 3400 lbs.
Fuel cap: 100 USG.
Top speed: 210 mph.
Cruise: 190 mph.
ROC: 1550 fpm.
Vmc: 87 mph.
Fleet Super-V
Engines: 2 x 340hp Lycoming O-360-A1A
Wingspan: 32ft 10in (10m)
Length: 25ft 1in (7.65m)
Height: 7ft 1in (2.16m)
Empty weight: 2,200lb (998kg)
Maximum take-off and landing weight: 3,400lb (1,542kg)
Max speed: 210 mph (338 km/h)
Cruise: 190 mph (306 km/h)
Stall: 68 mph (109 km/h)
Climb at sea level: 1,550 ft/min (373 m/min)
Service ceiling: 20,000 ft (6,100 m)
Single-engine service ceiling: 7,000 ft (2,130 m)
Range max fuel 50 % pwr: 1,200 miles (1,930 km).
Seats: 4
Price: $33,800




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