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Dehavilland DHC-2 Beaver (U-6A)
De Havilland conceived of a light bush transport aircraft during World
War II. They, however, did not act on their concept until 1946 after they
finished the design of the DHC-1 Chipmunk trainer. They conceived of a
completely utilitarian bush transport. The final aircraft had a number of
interesting features such as a drop hatch in the cabin floor, a side door large
enough to allow 55 gallon fuel drums to be rolled in the cabin, a fuselage
mounted fuel tank to eliminate the need for over wing fueling, and the ability
to add oil to the engine while the aircraft was flying. The DHC-2 Beaver
utilizes all metal construction, with landing gear that can use wheels, skis or
floats, and hinged wing trailing edges carrying both slotted flaps and drooping
slotted ailerons for Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) capability.
de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver (U-6A)
The first flight was in August 1947 and civil certification was complete by
March of 1948. In December 1950 and May 1951 the Beaver won US Army and US Air
Force competitions for a new liaison and utility transport aircraft. The US
forces eventually purchased a total of 968 examples of the L-20A (changed to
U-6A in 1962). Most of these aircraft, including the museum's aircraft, went to
the US Army, but more than 200 U-6As were flown by the USAF. Some U-6As were
later adapted as dual control trainers for use by the US Navy with the
designation TU-6A. De Havilland went on to produce two more versions of the
Beaver: the Mk-II powered by an Alvis Leonides radial engine only one example of
which was made, and the Mk-III powered by the Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-6 or
-20 turboprop engine.
- Type - Short-range light utility transport
- Manufacturer - de Havilland
- Designation - DHC-2
- Nickname - Beaver
- Span - 48 ft.
- Length - 30 ft. 4 in.
- Height - 9 ft. 0 in.
- Weight - 5,100 lb. loaded
- Armament - None
- Engine - Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-16B/14B Wasp Junior radial piston
engine rated at 450 HP
- Maximum speed - 139 kt (160 mph)
- Cruising speed - 124 kt (143 mph)
- Range - 676 nm (778 miles)
- Max. Rate of Climb - 1,020 ft/min
- Service Ceiling: 18,000 ft.
- Crew - One
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