History: The first of deHavilland Canada's
"bushplanes," the DHC-2 Beaver was developed in 1947
as a rugged, highly-versatile aerial truck which could take off and land almost anywhere,
carry a large load, and be very reliable. It succeeded in all these areas in the civilian
sector, so it was almost inevitable that, in 1951, the Beaver would be selected by the US
Air Force and Army as a new liaison aircraft. In the nine years that followed, 968 L-20As
were delivered to the armed forces, most going to the Army. They served in both the Korean
and Vietnam wars, hauling freight and personnel around the battlefields, mapping enemy
troop positions, leading search/rescue missions, and relaying radio traffic, among other
In 1962, the L-20 was re-designated the U-6A, and many
remaining examples remained in service well into the 1970s. Beavers were also purchased
and used by the military services of several other nations, including Britain, Chile and
Columbia. Civilian Beavers have served in over 50 countries, and many still continue to
fly all around the world, with a small number restored and flown as warbirds.
Engines: One 450-hp Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN Wasp Junior radial piston engine.
Weight: Empty 2,850 lbs., Max
Takeoff 5,100 lbs.
Wing Span: 48ft. 0in.
Length: 30ft. 4in.
Height: 9ft. 0in.
Number Built: 968 military variants
(total Beaver production 1,691).
Number Still Airworthy: At least 17 Beavers
registered as L-20s or U-6As are still flying, and an unknown but much larger number of
civilian Beavers are still airworthy around the world.
Seaplanes, Vancouver and Nanaimo, BC,
Wipaire's Modifications for deHavilland Beavers
"Beaver Checkout: Flying an Arctic Icon in Florida." AOPA article, June
Beaver Flight and Maintenance Manuals on CD
Bush-Planes.com Beaver Page
Canadian Bushplane Heritage
deHavilland DHC-2 Flight Manual [.PDF file]
deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver Site -- Neil Aird's
tribute to the Beaver.
Great Lakes Aero
Products -- Beaver windshields and windows.
Kenmore Air --
Chartered flights in the Northwest USA and Canada. Also has Beaver
parts, service and instruction.
Northwest Seaplanes -- Operators of Beavers in Canada and the Pacific
"The Rebirth of
Taquan Air, Ketchikan, Alaska
Western Canada Aviation
Museum Beaver Page
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