|Vintage Wings of Canada - DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver
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|01 DeHavilland Beaver||02 Beaver Tail||03 Beaver Tail||04 DHC-2 Cargo Door|
|05 DHC-2 Cabin Door||06 Beaver Paddle||07Cabin Boarding Steps||08 DHC-2 Wing|
|09 Cabin Heater Heat Exchanger||10 Beaver Main Gear||11 Beaver Nose Gear||12 Nose Gear Retraction Slot|
|13 DHC-2 Float||14 DeHavilland Beaver Nose||15 Pratt & Whitney Wasp Jr||16 Beaver Windscreen|
DeHavilland DHC-2 Beavers at other Aviation Museums in the Northeast
|Another DeHavilland Beaver can be found at the Canada Aviation Museum in Ottawa, Ontario||A DeHavilland Beaver at the New England Air Museum in Windsor, Locks, Ontario|
Length: 30 feet 4 inches
Wingspan: 48 feet, 0 inches
Height: 9 feet, 0 inches
Weight: Empty 2,860 Max Takeoff - 5,600bs
Max Speed: 140mph
Cruise Speed: 100mph
Range: 760 miles
Service Ceiling: 18,000 feet
Fuel Capacity: 139 gallons
Powerplant: R985 Pratt & Whitney Wasp Junior Air Cooled 9 Cylinder Radial Engine 450hp
First Flight : 1947
I've always thought the DeHavilland Beaver was such a cool aircraft. When I was going to school at Parks Air College in Missouri we had one that was donated by the USAF for training purposes. I remember how neat it sounded as it coughed to life and the lumpy idle as we got it up to temperature for mag checks.
Harrison Ford owns and flys one, and on James Lipton's Inside the Actor's Studio show he said the sound of its Pratt & Whitney R985 was his favorite sound. A grainy Youtube video of Harrison Ford in his DeHavilland Beaver set to music can be seen here. I think I'd rather have seen it without the music.
Here's a Youtube video of a Beaver on floats warming up its engine while taxiing and taking off from an inlet.
A Beaver starting up with a cockpit view of of the controls set and instrument readings. I really like this one.
A very cranky DeHavilland Beaver starting up. The passenger looks inpired with confidence.
Oh, and you notice that the gear is extended on this Vintage Wing's Beaver floatplane? Well, all that stuff needs to be tucked away when you're coming down over water or your float plane will have a rough landing (OK, so it's not a DHC-2, but you get the idea).
Another Youtube DeHavilland Beaver video of a Beaver ALMOST taking off...
Hey, there's even a DeHavilland Beaver Music Video!
And lastly, here's a video of Vintage Wings of Canada's DHC-2 Beaver taking off from tarmac (this time without the floats).
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