DHC-2 Beaver

DHC-2 Beaver

DHC-2 Beaver (Beaver), is a light multi-purpose single-engine aircraft developed by the Canadian company "de Havilland Canada". Aircraft DHC-2 Beaver, has a short distances of run-up and run and belongs to the aircraft technology class STOL (Short takeoff and landing). Wheels, floats or skis can be installed on the plane as a landing gear. Thanks to this, it is possible to operate the aircraft from unprepared landing pads located in remote areas and in undeveloped territories.

In addition, the "Beaver" has a simple, reliable design, unpretentious in operation and economical to maintain. All this made the DHC-2, one of the most successful and popular aircraft in small aircraft. The scope of application of this aircraft is extensive. It is used for passenger and transport transportation, for agricultural and aviation chemical works, in search and rescue and tourist expeditions, as well as in the air force in the role of light transport and training aircraft.

DHC-2 Beaver 2

Work on the design of the DHC-2 began by de Havilland Canada in September 1946 in the city of Toronto. The plane received an all-metal body with a high-lying straight wing. The aircraft was equipped with a Pratt & Whitney Canada R-985AN Wasp Junior engine rated at 450 hp. The aircraft with this engine became the base modification and received the designation Beaver I.

Its first flight DHC-2 made 16 August 1947 of the year. The plane was flown by pilot Russell Bennock (Russell "Russ" Bannock). After the test program ended in March 1948, the aircraft was certified. The basic version of the aircraft Beaver I, placed six passenger seats or in the transport version was capable of transporting up to 680 kilograms of payload.

In the future, the aircraft installed different engines. For example, in Ontario, Airtech Canada of Peterborough has modified several DHC-2 units. In particular, they were equipped with Polish-made PZL-3S hp 600 engines. with four-bladed screws. This modification was designated DHC-2 / PZL-3S.

DHC-2 Beaver inside saloon

Also, several planes were produced with RT6A-6 578 hp motors This version of the aircraft received the designation Turbo-Beaver III and possessed in his cabin ten passenger seats.

DHC-2 Beaver production was completed in the year 1967. Total was built 1657 aircraft units that operated in more than fifty countries around the world. But, despite the fact that the plane is not made, it is still in operation and is in high demand and the pilots respect.

Specifications aircraft DHC-2 Beaver

The first flight DHC-2 Beaver: 16 1947 years in August

Years of production: from 1947 to 1967 year

Length: 9,25 m.

Height: 2,74 m.

Wingspan: 14,63 m.

Empty weight: 1293 kg.

Wing area: 23,23 sq.m.

Cruising speed: 230 km / h..

Maximum speed: 260 km / h..

Ceiling: 5500 m.

Range: 750 km.

Engines: 1 Pratt Whitney R-985AN

Crew: 1 people

Number of passengers: 6 seats

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