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De Havilland Canada DHC-2T

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Overview

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.

Specifications
  • Typical passenger capacity:   7
  • Range:   420nm
  • Cruise speed:   124 kts
  • Cabin height:   4.25 ft
  • Cabin width:   4 ft
  • Cabin length:   9 ft
  • Cabin volume:   134 cu ft
  • Active fleet worldwide:   92
  • Available for charter worldwide:   34
  • Typical price:   $1,850,000 to $1,850,000 pre-owned.
  • Production dates:   1948 - 1967
Charter operators
Canada Atleo River Air Service , Bamaji Air , Harbour Air Seaplanes , Superior Airways , Tintina Air , Transwest Air
U.S.A. Bay Air , Beluga Air , Branch River Air Service , Brooks Seaplane Service , Coyote Air Service , Curriers Flying Service , Fly Denali , Friday Harbor Seaplanes , Kingfisher Aviation , Middle Fork Aviation , Mountain Flying Service , Pacific Wings , Pirate Airworks , Sea Hawk Air , Seawind Aviation , Southeast Aviation , Sportsman's Air Service , Tikchick Airventures , Trail Ridge Air , Trygg Air Alaska , Vertigo Air Taxi , Wrangell Mountain Air
Maintenance centres
Canada AĆ©ro-Entretien , Harbour Air Aerospace Services
U.S.A. Kenmore Air Harbor , Mukenschnabl
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