|de Havilland Canada DHC-2
|16 August 1947
The de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver is a single-engined high-wing propeller-driven short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft developed and manufactured by de Havilland Canada. It has been primarily operated as a bush plane and has been used for a wide variety of utility roles, such as cargo and passenger hauling, aerial application (crop dusting and aerial topdressing), and civil aviation duties. Shortly after the end of the Second World War, de Havilland Canada made the decision to orient itself towards civilian operators. Based upon feedback from pilots, the company decided that the envisioned aircraft should have excellent STOL performance, all-metal construction, and accommodate many features sought by the operators of bush planes. On 16 August 1947, the maiden flight of the aircraft, which had received the designation DHC-2 Beaver, took place. In April 1948, the first production aircraft was delivered to the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests.
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The de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver is a single-engine, high-wing, propeller-driven, short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft developed and manufactured by de Havilland Canada. It has been primarily operated as a bush plane and has been used for a wide variety of utility roles, such as cargo and passenger transport, aerial application (crop dusting and aerial topdressing), and civil aviation duties.
The DHC-2 Beaver was designed in response to a survey of Canadian bush pilots, who expressed a need for a rugged and versatile aircraft that could operate in remote and challenging environments. The Beaver was the first aircraft designed by de Havilland Canada, and made its maiden flight on August 16, 1947. The Beaver received certification in 1948 and entered production shortly thereafter. The Beaver became one of the most successful aircraft in Canadian history, with over 1,600 units produced until 1967.
The Beaver has a reputation for exceptional performance and reliability, and is often considered to be the ultimate bush plane. It can take off and land on short and unprepared surfaces, such as water, snow, ice, and gravel. It can carry up to eight passengers or a payload of 1,200 lb (544 kg). It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior radial engine that delivers 450 hp (336 kW). It has a cruise speed of 143 mph (230 km/h) and a range of 455 mi (732 km).
The Beaver has been widely exported and operated by various military and civilian operators around the world. Some of the notable users include the Royal Canadian Air Force, the United States Army, the United Nations, and various airlines and charter companies. The Beaver has also been modified for various special purposes, such as aerial firefighting, amphibious operations, and skydiving. The Beaver remains in service today, with many examples still flying in remote regions or as heritage aircraft.
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