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De Havilland Canada DHC-2T

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A favourite aircraft of Indiana Jones actor Harrison Ford, and named after a hard working, semiaquatic rodent, the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver is a single engined, high wing, propeller driven STOL aircraft developed and manufactured by de Havilland Canada. Known by some as the workhorse of the (Alaskan) north, it is often operated as a bush aircraft and fulfils a wide variety of utility roles.

Its design came about in response to pilots expressing a desire for an aircraft with good power and STOL performance, in a design that could be easily fitted with wheels, skis or floats, as well as full sized doors on both sides so that it could be readily loaded no matter on which side of a dock it tied up. Pratt & Whitney Canada supplied WW2-surplus 450 hp Wasp Junior radial engines. It can accommodate up to seven passengers.

The maiden flight took place on 16 August, 1947 and the first production model was delivered in April 1948.

During the 1960s, de Havilland developed the Mk.III Turbo Beaver, which was equipped with a 680 shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34 turboprop engine. It can seat a maximum of 11 people and comes in tundra, float or ski variants.

Production ceased in 1967 and the tooling and type certificate for the Beaver have since been acquired by Canada-based Viking Air.

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