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DHC-2 Beaver

DHC-2 Beaver

 

DHC-2 Beaver (Beaver) is a light multi-purpose single-engine aircraft, developed by the Canadian firm "de Havilland Canada". The DHC-2 Beaver aircraft has short takeoff and landing distances and belongs to STOL (Short takeoff and landing) aircraft. The aircraft can be equipped with wheels, floats or skis as landing gear. Thanks to this, the possibility of operating the aircraft from unprepared take-off and landing sites located in hard-to-reach areas and in undeveloped territories is achieved.

Among other things, "Beaver" has a simple, reliable design, unpretentious in operation and economical in maintenance. All this made the DHC-2 one of the most successful and popular aircraft in small aviation. The scope of this aircraft is extensive. It is used in passenger and transport transportation, for agricultural and aeronautical work, in search and rescue and tourist expeditions, as well as in the air force as a light transport aircraft and training aircraft.

DHC-2 Beaver 2

DHC-2 design work began by de Havilland Canada in September 1946 in Toronto. The aircraft received an all-metal hull with a high-mounted straight wing. The aircraft was powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada R-985AN Wasp Junior engine with 450 hp. The aircraft with this engine became the basic modification and received the designation Beaver I.

DHC-2 made its maiden flight on August 16, 1947. The aircraft was flown by pilot Russell "Russ" Bannock. After the end of the test program in March 1948, the aircraft was certified. The basic version of the Beaver I aircraft, accommodated six passenger seats, or in the transport version was capable of carrying up to 680 kilograms of payload.

In the future, different engines were installed on the plane. For example, in Ontario, several DHC-2 units have been modified by Airtech Canada of Peterborough. In particular, they were equipped with Polish-made PZL-3S 600 hp engines. with four-blade propellers. 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.

 

Technical characteristics of the DHC-2 Beaver aircraft

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

Years of production: from 1947 to 1967

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 passenger seats: 6 seats

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