C-FKVG

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C-FKVG, a Grumman DH-72 Tracker at the Chilliwack Military Education Centre

Renumbered from RCN 1573 to CAF  12173, this tracker operated with VU 33 at Comox, and later with 880 Maritime Reconnaissance Squadron in 1983 and 1985 in Summerside.

CAF 12173 was withdrawn from use and retired in 1989 at Pearson Airport (Toronto) for retirement ceremony in 1989. At one time registered as C-FKVG with Conair, but is no longer on the Canadian Civil Aircraft Register, and has no engines, propellers or nose wheel assembly.

  • Length: 42 feet, 0 in.
  • Wingspan: 
    • Without outboard UPD-501 antennae
      • Extended 69 ft 8 in.
      • Folded 31 ft 8 in 
    • With outboard UPD-501 antennae installed
      • Extended 72 ft 1 in.
      • Folded 32 ft. 10.5 in.
  • Height: 16 ft 3.5 in. [2]
  • Speed: 265 mph at sea level;  159 mph cruise patrol
  • Max ceiling: 22,000 ft.
  • Range: 1,000 nm (approximate)
  • Endurance: 8 hours (approximate)
  • Engines: Two Curtiss-Wright Cyclones (R1820-82WA)1275 hp @2500rpm continuous.  Each engine could produce 1575 hp for up to five minutes.
  • Propellor design: #6915E-7
  • Propellor Diameter: 11′ 0″
  • Maximum gross weight
    • 18,750 lbs empty
    • 24,500 lbs  field take off weight
  • Fuel capacity: 433 gallons of 115-145 or 100-130 Avgas in six wing tanks.
  • Oil capacity: 2 tanks of 10.25 gallons each.
  • Carrier takeoff distance: 300 feet.
  • Crew: pilot, co-pilot, MAD operator and radar operator.
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