Aircraft of the Month: de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver

The de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver is a single engine, high-wing propeller aircraft developed by Canadian manufacturer, de Havilland Canada, and is arguably the most famous bush plane in the world and an enduring symbol of the Canadian north.

The Beaver was designed for rugged bush terrain and is used for moving both passengers and cargo up the coast and into remote areas.This versatile aircraft can be fitted with wheels, skis or floats and has a short take-off and landing capability.

Between 1947 and 1967, more than 1,600 Beavers were manufactured. Today, many of these aircraft are still in use, including some that have been modified to adapt to changes in technology.

The DHC-2 Beaver holds a special place of prominence in Canada’s aviation history, and in 1987 the Canadian Engineering Centennial Board named the aircraft one of the top ten Canadian engineering achievements of the 20th century.

Operators: Harbour Air, Tofino Air, Pacific Coastal, Saltspring Air, Kenmore Air, Air Saguenay as well as various military
Manufacturer: de Havilland Canada
Country: Canada
First Flight: August 16, 1947
Cockpit Crew: 1
Cruise Speed: 209 km/hour
Height: 2.74 m (9 ft)
Length: 9.22 m (30 ft, 4 in)
Wing Span: 14.63 m (48 ft)
Passenger Capacity: 6-8
Maximum Take-Off Weight: 2,310 kg (5,100 lbs)
Maximum Range: 732 km (455 nm)
Engine: Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Jr. radial engine, 450 hp (335 kW)

Did you Know? Due to its success, the Royal Canadian Mint commemorated the Beaver on a special edition Canadian quarter in November 1999.

YVR Connection: The Beaver is a common sight at YVR’s Airport South. Harbour Air, Tofino Air, Pacific Coastal and Saltspring Air all use the DHC-2 as an important member of their fleet.

Some of the best plane spotting for the DHC-2 can be done from the patio of the appropriately named Flying Beaver, a popular Sea Island bar with great views and great food.

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