Seair Seaplanes de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver C-FPCG
Gerard van Oostrom
Image ID: 1044834
Operator: Seair Seaplanes - C-FPCG
Aircraft: de Havilland Canada - DHC-2 Beaver
Airport: Canada - Vancouver Intl Seaplane Base
Category: Main database
Photo taken on 2015-9-9 by Jetzguy [Contact]
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(9.4.2018, 08:04 CET)
This Beaver is being readied for her next flight. An interesting side note. When de Havilland Canada were planning on building a bush plane for the Canadian Arctic they asked the pilots what they wanted. Interesting concept right? One of this things the pilots demanded was a large rear cargo door that could load a 50 gallon barrel of fuel either rolled up a ramp on its side and loaded directly into the aircraft or standing on end. The same went for unloading in rural areas. The pilot was able to land and roll the fuel barrels out of the wide aircraft door by himself. As you can see from the door dimensions the final aircraft design resulted in a door designed exactly as they requested it to be. Just a great great aircraft.
1 Gerard van Oostrom
(9 April 2018 - 17:27 CET)
Always nice to read your interesting background stories Jetz, thanks!
(10 April 2018 - 00:55 CET)
Thanks Gerard. These old girls are flying better and doing more than they did even when they were new. They are all 60-70 years old. Just an amazing aircraft. They look smaller than they actually are. They have a 48 foot wingspan and a maximum gross weight of between 5,000 lbs and 6100 lbs. Piston Beavers are powered by a 450 hp (340 kW) Wasp Junior radial engine. Some models have had 680 HP turbine engines added later in their lives to become Turbo Beavers. There were 1,657 Beavers built by the time construction ended in 1967. The US Army was the major user with 970 Beavers purchased in total. These Beavers are just about indestructible under normal use and, with regular overhauls they continue to be one of the hardest working, most reliable and best flying planes out there.