The DHC-2 Beaver Is Celebrating The 70th Anniversary Of Its First Flight Today
Few airplanes have helped shape the history of business & general aviation as significantly as the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, which first flew on August 16, 1947. Our friends at Viking Air Limited are celebrating the moment and remind of the historic date with prominently featuring the aircraft on its website and via their social media channels. Not a topic we wish to see scrolled up and out of peoples smart phones quite so quickly.
Nobody really knows how many past, present and future seaplane pilots and enthusiasts this aircraft has produced, but we are sure it has had and continues to have a heavy influence on #TheFutureOfWaterflying. So many younger pilots dream of one day piloting one of these docile and well mannered airplanes and those who have done it in younger years are rightfully proud. Of course the plane looks most amazing on floats, so here goes our small collection of pictures we have collected over the years on Seaplaneforum.com and here on Seaplanemagazine.com.
On 24 February 2006, Viking Air Ltd. purchased the type certificates from Bombardier Aerospace for all the original de Havilland designs, including the Beaver. The ownership of the certificates gives the company the exclusive right to manufacture new aircraft. Viking has stated its interest in the potential restart of production of the Beaver, and commented that, dependent upon market demand, the firm may offer two separate models of the Beaver, one intended to be as close to the design of the original batch, and a second that would be incorporate various improvements such as new avionics, engines and doors. Currently Viking rebuilds existing air-frames along with updates and upgrades.
Please consider sending us your favorite shot of the DHC-2 Beaver for featuring in our Waterbird Picture Gallery.