Canadian Vickers Vista

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Canadian Vickers Vista ExCC.jpg
Manufacturer Canadian Vickers
Designer R. J. Mitchell
Introduction 1927
Retired 1931
Primary user Royal Canadian Air Force
Number built 1

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

Development and Design[edit]

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.

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 23 ft 9 in (7.24 m)
  • Wingspan: 29 ft 6 in (8.99 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 6 in (2.28 m)
  • Wing area: 147 sq ft (13.65 sq m)
  • Empty weight: 655 lb (297 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 1,005 lb (456 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Armstrong Siddeley Genet radial engine, 60 hp ()