70th First Flight Anniversary For The DHC-2 Beaver

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The DHC-2 Beaver Is Celebrating The 70th Anniversary Of Its First Flight Today

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Picture: Viking Air Limited

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.

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From File: Seaplaneforum.com

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From File: Seaplaneforum.com

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From File: Seaplaneforum.com

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From File: Seaplaneforum.com

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From File: Seaplaneforum.com

Please consider sending us your favorite shot of the DHC-2 Beaver for featuring in our Waterbird Picture Gallery.

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3 Comments on "70th First Flight Anniversary For The DHC-2 Beaver"

  1. Dave Marion | August 16, 2017 at 7:11 pm |

    For very good reason – “In 1987, the Canadian Engineering Centennial Board named the DHC-2 Beaver one of the top ten Canadian engineering achievements of the 20th century.”

  2. We are working on our advanced mathematics CAPTCHA, which is preventing our valued readers from commenting. Yes, reader Klaus M. is correct, we failed to link to dhc-2.com in our article and will add a feature story about Neils incredible work in the near future.

  3. Ron ogilvie | August 21, 2017 at 4:29 pm |

    ..as a 14 year old,(1947),living in the west central area of Toronto, we frequently watched the Beaver; built at De Havilland Aircraft, Downsview, Ontario, being test flown over the Toronto waterfront, often, when tested against the wind direction, the DHC-2, would appear to ‘hover’!

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