March 30, 2023

In partnership with the Classic Wings of Canada, the Canada Aviation and Area Museum can be celebrating the seventy fifth anniversary of the maiden flight of the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver plane this weekend. The celebration can be held on the Bush Flying Exhibition within the museum’s constructing. If the climate permits, Classic Wings of Canada will fly in a number of de Havilland plane on August thirteenth, between 09:30 and 15:00.

All in regards to the Beaver

The de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver was fairly an iconic plane, being the primary all-metal bush plane designed and in-built Canada by Frederick Howard Buller and Richard Hiscocks. The thought for the Beaver’s design got here in response to the calls for of Canadian bush operators, and so the Beaver turned a sturdy plane that might be geared up with wheels, skies, and floats to swimsuit a variety of working situations, and with its high-lift wing and flap configuration, is ideal for brief take-off and touchdown capabilities even with heavy hundreds.


Though it was initially used as a bush plane and was exceptionally profitable in its origin nation, the Beaver finally discovered acceptance in not less than 60 nations worldwide. The Beaver additionally succeeded in varied militaries, such because the US Military and US Air Drive, the place roughly 1,600 Beavers had been made for them. It turned such a fantastic useful resource that in 1951, the Beaver received each the US Military and US Air Drive competitions for a utility plane. And in 1958, a Royal New Zealand Air Drive Beaver supported Sir Edmund Hillary’s expedition to the South Pole.

Regardless of de Havilland’s manufacturing of the Beaver coming to an finish in 1967, Viking Air obtained the sort certificates for the plane which now allows them to manufacture new Beaver plane to hitch the lots of which are nonetheless in use as we speak. Photograph: Canada Aviation and Area Museum

With its evident success, it hardly comes as a shock that the Beaver outnumbers, to this point, every other Canadian plane ever in-built being titled because the Swiss Military knife of the skies and the workhorse of the North. Between its debut in 1947 to 1968, about 1,692 Beaver had been manufactured. And seventy-five years since its first look, the Beaver remains to be flown as we speak by the likes of the US Air Drive for search and rescue efforts. Non-public corporations additionally use the Beaver for scheduled and chartered floatplane passenger companies to trip islands.

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The primary Beaver

On August sixteenth, 1947, the prototype for the Beaver flew its maiden flights with Russ Brannock on the flight controls because it departed from the de Havilland Manufacturing facility at Downsview, Ontario. Registered as CF-FHB, the prototype integrated the preliminary of Frederick Howard Buller, one of many Beaver’s two designers, who was a naval architect turned aeronautical engineer and a member of Canada’s Aviation Corridor of Fame.

After 32 years of flying throughout Western Canada, CF-FHB was bought by the Museum from Norcanair in 1980. Preservational efforts had been made attainable via donations from de Havilland Canada and different sources. Remarkably, throughout its last flight, between Lac la Ronge and Rockcliffe airport, the primary Beaver crossed paths in Sault Ste. Marie with the second Beaver constructed, CF-OBS. Russ Bannock, who flew CF-FHB for a portion of its final flight, had additionally been the check pilot for CF-OBS.

The Beaver additionally occurs to be the favourite plane of actor Harrison Ford, which he flies greater than every other plane inside his in depth assortment. Photograph: 
Jeroen Stroes by way of Wikimedia Commons

75 years and counting

Since its debut 75 years in the past, the single-engined, propeller-driven Beaver has been bringing success for de Havilland, regardless of the corporate stopping manufacturing and signing away permits to Viking Air. With Viking Air nonetheless producing the Beaver and because it continues to be well-favored internationally for varied sources, the plane seems to be to have a number of extra years’ value of milestones to attain.

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