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de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver

STOL Utility Transport

The de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver is a high wing, short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft designed for bush operations from unprepared airfields.  Its utilitarian design has seen it succeed in a variety of roles such as cargo & passenger transportation and aerial topdressing.  Configuring the airframe with either wheels, skis, floats or amphibious floats allows operations in a variety of conditions.

It saw use in the military as the L-20 and was used by both the US Air Force Auxiliary for search and rescue missions and the US Army during Korea and Vietnam where their primary role was the aerial evacuation of wounded troops.  Additionally they were used for search and rescue, aerial photography, cargo and personnel transport and courier services.

Our particular machine is believed to be the oldest flying Beaver in the world and was the first of the type to be exported from Canada.  It is painted in the colours of an ex RNZAF beaver (NZ 6001) which was used during the 1956 Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

Country of Origin: Canada
Engine: Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Jr. 450hp 9-cylinder radial piston engine
Length: 9.24m (30ft 4in)
Height: 2.74m (9ft 0in)
Wing Span: 14.64m (48ft 0in)
Cruise Speed: 143mph (230kmh or 124 knots)
Maximum Speed: 158mph (255kmh or 137 knots)
Range: 455 miles (732km)
Service Ceiling: 18,000ft (5,485m)
Armament: Nil

Rolls Royce Avon

Turbo Jet

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Engine: Two-stage Axial flow turbo jet. Thrust range: 12,690 lbf (56.4 kN) dry, 16,360 lbf (72.8 kN) with reheat.
Top Speed:

 

North American P-51-D Mustang

Fighter

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Packard Merlin V-1650, 1450 Hp, V12 Supercharged Piston Engine
Top Speed: 803 Km/h, 500 MPH, 434 Knots

 

de Havilland DH.82a Tiger Moth

Trainer

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Engine: Gipsy Major, 130 Hp Inverted 4 Cylinder Engine
Top Speed: 175 Km/h, 109 MPH, 97 Knots

 

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