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|The de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver is a STOL (Short
Takeoff or Landing) aircraft, that became famous the world over as a bush
plane. The Beaver was sold to
50 countries and primarily used for cargo and passenger hauling, aerial
dusting and aerial
topdressing), and has been widely
adopted by armed forces as a utility
aircraft that could carry six
or almost 1000 kg of cargo.
Army Air Corps purchased
several hundred (U.S. laws had to be changed to accommodate the Army and
Force’s desire to purchase foreign military equipment) and nine DHC-2s
still in service with the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary (Civil
for search and rescue.
Starting in 1947, 1,657 Beavers were built until the original production
line shut down in 1965. More than one third of all Beaver aircraft are still
operational and lovingly restored examples can fetch up to $500,000.
Wingspan: 14.63 m
Length: 9.22 m
Height: 2.74 m
Empty Weight: 1361 kg
Gross Weight: 2313 kg
Engine: Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Jr. 9-cylinder radial engine
Output: 450 HP
Maximum speed: 158 mph