Flight Adventure: The de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver

Born of a need

Surprisingly, this series has never explored one of the most impressive and perhaps iconic bush planes of all time. Let’s rectify that now as we fly the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver in some back country to appreciate just how suited to the role it is.

The de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver is well suited to flying in the back country.
The de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver is well suited to flying in the back country. Peter Stark

We’ve stated before that one of the criteria of an aircraft being considered a true classic, is how well it is recognised at first glance. In this sense, the DHC-2 Beaver is a true classic indeed! This high-wing, single-piston engine, propeller-driven monoplane was developed by de Havilland Canada (DHC) after the second world war period. That era saw a rapid shifting of aircraft design towards the civil sector while using many new materials and construction techniques developed during the war years.

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