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The de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver is a single-engined, high-wing, propeller-driven, Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) aircraft developed by de Havilland Canada, primarily known as a bush plane.

It is used for cargo and passenger hauling, aerial application (crop dusting and aerial topdressing), and has been widely adopted by armed forces as a utility aircraft.

The United States Army purchased several hundred aircraft with nine DHC-2s still in service with the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary (Civil Air Patrol) for search and rescue.

A Royal New Zealand Air Force Beaver supported Sir Edmund Hillary's expedition to the South Pole.

Over 1,600 Beavers were produced until 1967 when the original line shut down.

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

DHC-2 Instrument Panel (wikipedia)
DHC-2 Instrument Panel - Wikipedia

Specifications: -
Passengers:up to 7
Length:30ft 4in (9.24m)
Wingspan:48ft 0in (14.64m)
Height:9ft 0in (2.75m)
Empty Weight:2,850lb (1293kg)
Max. Weight:5,100lb (2313kg)
Engine:R-985-AN Wasp Junior
producing 450 hp.
Max. Speed:140 mph (225 km/h)
Range:778 miles (1252 km)
Variants: -

Beaver I
Single-engined STOL utility transport aircraft.

Beaver AL Mk 1
STOL utility transport aircraft for the British Army.

Original designation for DHC-2 aircraft used by the U.S. military, redesignated L-20.

Test and evaluation aircraft for the US military.

L-20A Beaver
STOL utility transport aircraft for the U.S. Army, later redesignated U-6A in 1962, 968 built.

L-20B Beaver
Basically similar to the L-20A, but with minor equipment changes. Six were sold to the US Army. Later redesignated U-6B in 1962.

Beaver II
Powered by a 431 kW (578 ehp) Pratt & Whitney PT6A-6 or -20 turboprop engine.

Wipaire Boss Turbo-Beaver
Turbo conversion fitted with PT-6 but retaining the original lower curved fin shape

Turbo-Beaver III
Powered by a 578 ehp Pratt & Whitney PT6A-6 or -20 turboprop engine.

After-market conversion by Airtech Canada in the 1980s, using current-production PZL-3S radial engines of 600 hp.

Volpar Model 4000
A 1970s conversion by Volpar, first flown in April 1972 with a modified nose fitted with a AiResearch TPE331-2U-203 turboprop with a three-bladed propeller. Other changes included a new fin and rudder

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©Dave Key De Havilland DHC2 'Beaver' (R.I.A.T. 2002)

de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, XP820 in the colours of the UK Army photographed at Fairford 2002 at the Royal International Air Tattoo.

Photographs © Dave Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
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R.I.A.T. 2002
R.I.A.T. 2002
R.I.A.T. 2002