07:11 AM

De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver

With the approach of Civil Air Patrol's 80th anniversary Dec.1, Maj. Ronald C. Finger of the Minnesota Wing's Crow Wing Composite Squadron worked with Col. Frank Blazich of the Col. Louisa S. Morse Center for Civil Air Patrol History, CAP national historian, on a special project -- to create “Timeline Flight” paintings showcasing some of the wide variety of CAP aircraft flown over the years.

The 21 aircraft selected span the Coastal Patrol days of World War II, the postwar years and finally the aircraft Civil Air Patrol aircrews fly today. This is the 18th. The remaining three will be posted Nov. 21, Nov. 26 and Dec. 1.

De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver

  • Capacity: seven
  • Length: 30 feet 3 inches
  • Maximum speed: 158 mph
  • Cruise speed: 143 mph
  • Range: 455 miles
  • Service ceiling: 18,000 feet

The de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver is a single-engine, high-wing propeller-driven short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft developed and manufactured by de Havilland Canada. It has been primarily operated as a bush plane and used for a wide variety of utility roles, such as cargo and passenger hauling, crop-dusting and civil aviation duties. Several DHC-2s are still in CAP service for search and rescue operations. The Beaver's versatility and performance make it the preferred aircraft of bush pilots servicing remote locations in North America. Aviation historians regard the aircraft to be a Canadian icon, and it has graced two commemorative coins in recent years.

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