The Havilland Beaver Bush Plane @ 60

The de Havilland Canada Beaver is one of the most famous bush planes in the world. After World War II, de Havilland Canada was looking to produce a plane suited to operations in the rugged Canadian north. After extensive consultation with pilots, they began production of the Beaver, a reliable, single-engine monoplane that could be easily fitted with wheels, skis, or floats. Over 1,600 Beavers were produced.
First flight of the Beaver was August 16, 1947, with the first aircraft being delivered in April of 1948. The plane was an immediate success within the Canadian aviation community, and when production finally ceased in 1967, 1,657 DHC-2 Beavers had been built. The Beaver has become a symbol of the Alaska, Canadian north, and has since found use as a bush plane all over the world. The Beaver was designed for flight in rugged and remote areas of the world. Because it often flies to remote locations (that often are in cold climates) its oil reservoir filling spout is located in the cockpit itself and the oil can be refilled while the aircraft is in flight. The type has been widely used by armed forces as a utility aircraft; the U.S. Army Air Corps purchased several hundred. Several are still in service with the US Air Force Auxiliary (Civil Air Patrol) for search and rescue. A Royal New Zealand Air Force Beaver supported Sir Edmund Hillary's expedition to the South Pole. Despite the fact that production ceased nearly forty years ago, hundreds of Beavers is still flying.

Check out also the excellent web page dedicated to the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver bush plane by aviation artist and researcher Neil Aird at

Specifications:de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver
First Flight:1947
Manufacturer: de Havilland Canada
Wing Span: 48 ft (14.6 m)
Length: 30 ft 4 in (9.2 m)
Height: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Weight (Empty): 2,850 lb (1,293 kg)
Weight (Gross): 5,100 lb (2,313 kg)
Cruising Speed: 130 mph (209 km/h)
Maximum Speed: 160 mph (258 km/h)
Rate of Climb: 1,020 ft (311 m)/min
Service Ceiling: 18,000 ft (5,490 m)
Range: 470 mi (756 km)
Power: one Pratt & Whitney R-985 AN-14B Wasp Jr., 450 hp, radial engine

Delivered 9 April 1956
N97T Taxi Air Group Inc
Shell Aviation Corp., Cordova, AK went to Tom Parker, Cordova, AK, and Registered August 1969
N6LULake Union Air Service Inc., Lake Union / Seattle, WA
Goeffrey D. Armstrong, Anchorage, AK, Registered August 1994

Delivered 12 May 1954
CF-HGY B. C. Yukon Air Service
Air BC 1982
C-FHGY Leased to Coval Air and Baxter Aviation Ltd., Nanaimo, BC
N93DG Registered 09 April 1992
Noted as N93DG at Vancouver, BC on 11 April 1992
Aircraft Marketing & Leasing, Fairbanks, AK

Delivered 18 January 1957
CF-JMQ HOWCD Air Ltd., since 1981 Cancelled September 1989, next seen wfu
Theriault Air Services Ltd, Chapleau, ON Registered 16 June 1964 Based Foleyet, ON
Retired September 1989
Active again as N995SP with Joseph S. Schuster, Anchorage, AK Registered 27 January 1997
A/W 11/08/99

Delivered 08 May 1950 as CF-OUQ
N1488V New York Daily News, also as N8733R
CF-OUQ Labrador Airways sold early 1979 or 1982 Jary Prozenko, BC (C-FOUQ) N64396 Bellair Incorporated, Sitka, AK
A/W 29/03/85 Registered 03 April 1985
N915RC registered 15 June 1999 to Claire B. Chan, Anchorage, AK

Delivered 14 June 1954
As 53-8164 US ARMY # 1392 L-20 No: 393 Command A-4
As 5162G registered May 1971 to Civil Air Patrol, Maxwell AFB., AL
Alaska River Safaris 1981 as N516G
Walter G. Hanni, Anchorage, AK

Delivered 20 December 1957
56-4436 US ARMY # 1760 L-20 No: 761 Command A-12
Retired at Davis Monthan 25 September 1975 to 28 April 1976
N3225F registered May 1976 to Civil Defense, Jacksonville, FL
N98JT West Alaskan Outfitters Inc., Soldotna, AK Registered June 1986
Michael J. Yorke, Chugiakge, AK Registered December 1993
N9877R C & S Leasing Inc., Anchorage, AK Registered 11 February 1998

Delivered 15 January 1953
51-16863 US ARMY #1234 L-20 No: 235 Command A-2
N6472 registered January 1972 to Texas State Technical Institute
Recovered August 1987 Eager Beavers Inc, Bismark, ND
Wipaire conversion, to Whirlwind Aviation Inc., Phoenix, AZ
Registered to Amber Aviation Ltd., Anchorage, AK August 1995
For Sale September 2004

Delivered 22 April 1953 as 52-6112 to the USAF # 1274 L-20 No: 275 Command AF-3
N5579D still in USCAR 03 November 1990 as sale reported
N4957 State of Maine Forestry Department September 1971
Mid Atlantic Air Museum Inc., Middletown, PA
Museum at Reading Airport, PA., in USAF markings 26112 LG-112, Registered 07 March 1997
To Steve Lacombe, Hessmer, LA
To Joe Furgerson, Sunnyvale, CA Registered 09 April 2003

Delivered 01 December 1964 and sold to Colombia to HK-559X Aero Taxi (Avianca)
Then as HK-559 to TARI
As HK-559P Reported with TAXOR titles
With Rutas Araes Araucanas 1972 - 1976
Lineas Aereas San Martin Ltda, Villavicencio, Colombia
With TARI again - noted at Villavicencio 09 September 1997
Imported to Canada and rebuilt by Sealand as C-GGBD 590714 BC Ltd.,
Campbell River, BC Registered 09 January 2002
N30PL Air Madura LLC, Anchorage, AK Registered 31 January 2002
Madura Family LLC, Anchorage, AK Registered 04 August 2004

Delivered 15 January 1957 as 56-0353 US ARMY # 1654 L-20 No: 655 Command A-11
Stored at Davis Monthan between 30 July 1972 to 28 February 1977
Received civil marks N99128 registered January 1977, sold to Summit Aviation, Middletown, DE
Registered in Canada as C-FBDQ from February 1988 to July 19/90
Air-Sask Aviation, Pinehouse, SK La Ronge, SK
William R. & Lorraine Marie Perrey, Courtenay, BC
Registered 18 November 1991 as N10RM to RMH Aeroservices Inc., Orem, UT
Current as N323KT Rust Properties LLC, Anchorage, AK

Delivered 08 December 1959 as 58-2074 US ARMY # 1955 L-20 No: 956 Command A-16
Stored at Davis Monthan 29 March 1972 up to 26 February 1976
Went civil as N67692 private owner, Titusville, PA
As N692F Trail Lake Flying Service Inc / Harbor Air, Seward, AK
Registered May 1992 to Clifford R. Merchant, Anchorage, AK
N121KT Rustair Inc., Anchorage, AK, registered August 1998 to K2 Aviation, Talkeetna, AK

Delivered 20 June 1955 as 54-1687 US ARMY # 1530 L-20 No: 531 Command A-6
Stored at Davis Monthan between 09 February 1972 to 24 February 1976
Imported to Canada 1976 as C-GPUP for Smithers Air Service, BC
As N8190Y to Alaska West Guides & Outfitters / Alaska West Air Service Inc., Kenai, AK
Crashed 12 October 1992 at Crescent Lake, AK (One injured Aircraft landed hard and sank w/o
Restored to flight 27 Augustus 1999, Talkeetna Air Taxi Service Ltd., Talkeetna, AK
Registered 10 July 2000 Accident at Ruth Glacier 15 April 2005 Repaired by Sealand
Current active with Talkeetna Air Taxi

Delivered 21 March 1961 as N144Q de Havilland, New York
Noted 12 June 1977 at Kenmore, WA, orange & white, on floats
Data plate reads DHC-2 Mk 1 c/n 1465, Kenmore Air Harbor Inc, in 1985
Chris Goll / Rainbow River Lodge, Anchorage, AK
Crashed 08 August 1995, after an aborted landing near Crosswind Lake AK Airworthy again December 1995
Sheryl L. Williams, Anchorage, AK, Registered 13 June 1996, Crashed again on 20 September 2002
Bethel, AK Current flying with Talkeetna Air Taxi Inc., Talkeetna, AK