After the licensing agreement with Fairchild was terminated in 1928, Canadian Vickers sought other aircraft to build under license as it wished to participate in the increasing bush flying and air mail operations. The rights to Fokker aircraft were acquired and the Super Universal selected. The aircraft would go on to fame for its activities in the Canadian north.

The Canadian version had some modifications made, such as an added starboard cabin door and a greater capacity electrical system with an electric inertial starter. The aircraft had some initial teething problems but would go on to be a reliable workhorse, operating on wheels, skis and floats.

Among the activities for which the Super Universal gained fame were the 6,275 km aerial survey expedition of 1928 flown by C.H. “Punch” Dickins, which went into previously unexplored areas of the Northwest Territories and the first flight into Canada’s western Arctic when Dickins flew to Aklavik in 1929.

American-built Super Universals entered Canada starting in 1928 with Western Canada Airways being the first operator. This airline and its successor, Canadian Airways, were the largest operator of the Super Universal, with five Canadian- and nine American-built aircraft.

Canadian Vickers built 15 between 1929 and 1930; however, the Depression ended further efforts to manufacture the aircraft. A total of 30 were on Canadian civil register in the 1920s and1930s.

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