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Tony Hugman, e-mail, 26.10.2020 02:37

I flew Beavers, north pacific coast, Pr Rupert, Kechican, Al, Queen Charlottes.6 yrs..also, Polish Bvr, 2...3 years north Sask...I have the record for overloads..
.9 outboard engines, plus fuel, plus fish guide, in a single trip..
.it,l outperform the Canadian beaver 6 to 1


Rob, e-mail, 20.08.2017 20:23

Beaver 2 is in Saskatchewan and is privately owned and flown regularly, I know the owner well.


Keith Chiazzari, e-mail, 04.08.2015 23:19

I flew Beavers on floats for Alert Bay Air Service, Trans-Provincial Airlines based in Prince Rupert, and finally for West Coast Air in Vancouver for a number of years. What an amazing aircraft, it could carry just about any load, internally and externally. When the visibility was poor it could fly at a very slow speed and turn on a dime if the conditions became impossible. It could land in very choppy waters and withstand a strong crosswind. I will always miss flying her!


john bowen, e-mail, 24.04.2015 20:26

I flew the beaver at clark field in 1952 and loved how easy it was doing take off and landing, when u put down the flaps it reacted like being in a parachute, and and greatest soft landing possible..taking 6 passengers we had to drain some gas tanks,,but comfortable with 4 passengers ,,loved it..


Fred Brown, e-mail, 01.02.2015 03:39

I was crew chief on the L-20 Beaver #18787 with the 24th Division's air section at Lanier Field near Sendai, Japan in 1952 and 1953. It was brand new and replaced my L-20.
Great machine, built like a tank, worked like a truck and flew like a Super Cub. Later heard that it went missing on a trip to Korea.


Doug Constantine, e-mail, 01.02.2015 01:53

I accidently stumbled on to this sight. It really got me laughing out loud. I was a USAF pilot-forward air controller-air liaison officer. I have a couple thousand hours in B-52D,F and Hs. In 1968 I was sent to RVN as an O-2A FAC. A bunch of us were diverted to the Korean DMZ shortly after the Pueblo was captured. I was really disappointed but when you have lemons make lemonade. Most of us set up house at Camp Casey where at that time the 7th Division was housed. I became the ROK 25th division ALO. The Air Force had no planes to fly and we were given jeeps with about 6 different frequencies to cover. We were told to call in air strikes if the North sent tanks down the well used invasion route. Soon we became good friends with the commander of the 7th Aviation Battalion. He had a couple of Beavers and a Cessna O-1. We spent more than a few nights at the Aviation Officers club drinking with the good colonel. He liked us and as he had no fixed wing pilots offered to check us out in his fixed wings planes, and teach to fly his H-13s. We started logging a lot of time and I particularly liked the Beaver and started ferrying generals and politicians along the DMZ. This went on for about 6 months when the USAF found out and had a conniption. They sent up a Major to talk to us and check us out. I remember the flight well as he was very concerned that I could navigate along the DMV without flying into North Korea and causing an incident. He apparently decided I was qualified and he spotted a very short dirt strip in the mouth of an old volcano. He asked me to do a full flap landing there. I asked if he was sure and he said yes. So I pumped the flaps down, mind you, I had never down a full flap landing as it just wasn't necessary. So I gauged that I was going to come down like and elevator and we did. Just prior to touchdown I pulled the nose up a little and applied power at we made contact. It was a perfect three point landing and I swear to God that we must have rolled all of about 5 plane lengths. I was amazed. I looked at him, and in total innocence asked him how I did. He said fine. I inquired a little more, very gently, and asked him compared to others how did I do? He smiled at me and said he had never seen anybody do a full flap landing in a Beaver before. This is a true story. We had a lot of fun with the Beaver and we did a lot of very strange things with it. I agree with all the prior remarks, and although this was only the second tail dragger I had flown, I never had an issues landing the plane. One time we had flown down to Osan AFB on a 3000' overcast day and turned final behind a C-130. The tower called us with the mandatory beware of wake turbulence. I was flying in the left seat with a good buddy who was a Major. I told John that there is no wind so I will carry 6 or 7 knots more on final. As we passed over the threshold we got caught in the wake turbulence and it rolled us upside down, such that I could see the guys in the F-4 that was number 1 looking up at us. John yelled at me "Jesus Doug" and slammed the rudder pedal which I already had hit the firewall. I kept the power stable and released the back pressure and we rolled up right, make a closed pattern and landed. As we did we had forgotten that we had taken John's enlisted radio operator with us and he was "clearing" for us. He took a beating bouncing around the cabin. We went immediately to the O club for a drink. Yep, the Beaver was tough.


J.L.Jones, e-mail, 17.01.2015 17:40

My uncle Henry was a test pilot and salesperson for DH Canada


Willie, e-mail, 14.06.2014 17:35

I'll add a little note to this as I spent 3 years at Downsview right at the peak of the Beaver and Otter Prime Manifacturing span I was in the adjacent hanger working on Vampire Jets and Harvard aircraft my trade was Aero Engine and I was certified on P/W radial engines Single Row R-985 and R-1340 s as well as R/R Goblin Turbines and GE J47s used in the Sabre I Have flown quite a few hrs in the Beaver as well as the Otter when they were doing experimental work on them They had a test pilot and if I remember correctly his last name was GIVENS e/x Rcaf Pilot We used to be appalled when foreign People would come and they would demo the beaver and the Otter it was hard to believe the stall speed of those aircraft as the demo would include a nose in the wind and flap down and reduce the engine speed till the aircraft would literally stand still I still have the Pratt & W engine overhaul and specs manuals in my possession same manual applied to both engines I'm 80 now and I still look back at what an achievement they were able to get without the aid of computers just good brain work


ted ward, e-mail, 01.05.2013 18:47

attached to 130 flight air tech, barrie davis was a sgt pilot,
and was a gentleman. anyone remember earnie johnson. happy days, great bunch of blokes


ted ward, e-mail, 11.03.2013 19:10

worked on beavers while in the forces, magic plane,magic places,magic people.magic times.


Vit L, e-mail, 08.12.2012 23:56

Hello. Give answer to the question please. Where to find detailed drawings of the Beaver??


Bob B, e-mail, 06.06.2012 23:23

I have been flying A Beaver commercially on the BC coast for 25 years. Although the practice is now rightfully frowned upon, I can verify from personnal experience that it can be flown off the water with water over the top of the floats almost to the rear spredder bar. I have taken off on floats with 25 kt+ 90 degree xwinds. And done a lot of things the Beaver is not supposed to do.


Bob Cadman, e-mail, 17.02.2012 05:01

I flew "Beavers" in Vietnam from 1968-70 as a log support bird for Birddog companies. It was a great plane to fly out of 800 ft. dirt strips.


Ian L. McQueen, e-mail, 13.02.2012 17:14

I've only seen a Beaver in the Canadian national air museum in Ottawa, but I do have a story from a pilot who flew them. I met Bud Voss, now deceased, through model airplanes. He bought a kit from me of the 8-foot span model made by Unionville Hobby of Markham, Ontario. Bud told me that as part of their military training they had to "land" a Beaver in a minimal distance. He did it in 13 feet! It was essentially a crash landing and the plane had to be rebuilt afterward, but that was standard procedure as part of their training.
Anyway, that's what he told me and there is no way to question him about it. He had no reason to lie about it.

IanM


Curt Bryan, e-mail, 12.02.2012 00:05

To Bob Pedigo comment...18.09.2010. No wonder you didn't like the 20k xwind component you were working with. I remember the Beaver as having a 10k xwind component, and at times wished it were rated at 20 or even 30. That plane had a way of making you look good in the worst of conditions.
I am grateful to have had so many hours in it.


S Jordan, e-mail, 30.01.2012 19:25

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources bought registration # 2 of the line as well as many others. This Beaver was restored and to my knowledge still flies. It is equiped with Roll tanks for forest fire suppression mounted on the floats. While the original beaver was before my time with MNR it was a pleasure to hear many good stories from thos old firefighter about this fantastic aircraft.


Scott Boyd, e-mail, 23.01.2012 06:40

I flew a Beaver on floats to Anchorage with a friend that owned it, he signed off my rating and I flew his other airplane back to Seattle. Nothing better then a round engine and like the 185 if you could get it in it would fly.


Terry Davis, e-mail, 22.01.2012 22:50

I am a plastic modeler that has been building kits for many years and would
> now like to add a Beaver to my collection. Some time ago I obtained two
> kits of a 1/24 scale Beaver on floats. The kits are very basic, about 25
> pieces total. What I would like to do is build one of the kits with fixed
> gear. My problem is that in the many sites that I have visited on the
> Internet, I have not been able to find any information regarding the
> dimensions/measurements for the fixed gear. I will be scratchbuilding the
> gear so it is very important that I have the correct measurements. If you
> could provide any information such as drawings, schematics, etc., I would
> appreciated the effort.
>
> Also, the aircraft that I intend on representing is 50-26105 USAF Alaska
> Air
> Command, Elmendorf AFB Alaska, 1964.
> If by chance you have some information on this bird, I would be interested
> in that, too. Thank you for your time.


Barry Courtney, e-mail, 22.05.2011 14:00

I flew Beavers in Borneo from 1964 to 1967 and I do not remember Barrie Davies. I flew with 130 flt RCT. Who else flew Beavers? Just very curious. It is always intriguing to find out what you missed. Please let me know. I totally agree with his assessment of the Beaver. She picked me up when I had a fuel problem and took me home. She flew on limited panel when things were really traumatic and you knew she would always respond.My boss Major John Riggall,now, I believe, became Lt Col John Riggall must remember that. I left the Army and went into civil flying, and for the last 18 years of them as a Captain with BOAC/British Airways. I will never forget that beautiful Beaver that was part of you. You thought it to do and it did. The VC10 and the Tristar were so similar. Barry Courtney.


John Doe, e-mail, 22.04.2011 15:59

I am doing a project on this aircraft


Mike Anderson, e-mail, 06.04.2011 06:12

I retied from the USAF. Never flew or even sat on this plane. I sure wished I could have. Spent many hours being flown across Europe on most every plane we had there. But I wished it could have been on this one. It looks so great - what a plane should look like.


Frank Haynes, e-mail, 24.03.2011 00:21

Beavers arrived in Ghane in packing cases in 1960 and we RAF men on secondment to the Ghana Air Force built them up in no time. Flying under the bridge on the Volta River was good fun.


Kurt M Johnson, e-mail, 07.03.2011 04:37

I worked (crewchief)on a L-20 Beaver when I was in Germany fron 1959 to 1961. I was stationed with the 30th Transportation Co. at Fleigerhorst Kaserne in Langendiebach, outside of Hanau. The last three numbers were 921. Anybody know what happened to that aircraft? It was a great plane. I still have the P/W medallion from the oil tank. They went fast! Love to hear from someone who knows.
Regards,
Kurt


Everett A Smith, e-mail, 06.03.2011 20:48

Flew the L-20 in Japan,Korea, USA,Libya, Colombia, and Iran Agreat AC


Roger Pile, e-mail, 05.03.2011 00:19

Flew the L-20 at Scott AFB with the 85th FIS from 56-59. We used for parts pick-up and personnel movement. In 1970-71, got recurrent in it (now called the U-6) at Luke AFB where it was used to transport fighter pilots to the gunnery ranges as safety monitors, landing at unattended airstrips in the desert. Flew one of them to the boneyard at Davis-Monthan AFB on its last flight. Have fond memories of my hours in the Beaver, despite being primarily an F86D, F101B and F102 pilot.


Stan Svihla, e-mail, 23.01.2011 05:22

I worked at de Havilland Canada. Put in over 20 years at the plant. Started in 1952 Lancaster Overhaul,onto Beavers then Otters. Left DH for a number of years to return to work on Dash-7, Buffalo and last group of Twin Otters and on to the Dash-8. Heard many stories from operators about Beavers, Otters and Twin Otters and what they were capable of doing. Beaver truly deserves the credit it gets for doing what most planes only hope they can do. The only plane that can replace the Beaver is another Beaver. The Viking Twin Otter is doing that now so it's time to replace the Beaver. At the annual "Wings and Wheels" at the old DH plant many a highly modified and up-dated Beaver worth into the seven figures all of 60+ years old gets admiring glances. Not bad for an old work horse that was considered too expensive at the time of it's introduction selling at $24,000.00. After starring in a movie featuring a Beaver Harrison Ford went and bought one and flies it regularly. There are many stories I heard of the Beaver's capability but the best one I remember of a Northern operator showing me a photo of a heavily loaded Beaver on floats sitting in the water level to the top of the rear of the floats. I enquired if that was risky? His reply was." That if it still floats its safe to take off". There is a pride at de Havilland to build the best product possible and even now as in the Bombardier family the tradition still goes on.


Fawad Butt, e-mail, 29.11.2010 10:20

Hello my company have 05 DHC-2 with R-985 Engines we are facing lots of problem regarding the spares like fuel content gauges, fuel content Tx and Tech Generators because of there 5year life can you help me in this matter. We are also interested to convert our these aircraft in to Tube Beaver can we do this?


Paul Tanner, e-mail, 25.11.2010 20:48

I flew the Beaver in 'Nam '69-'70 123rd Avn Bn - ChuLai and FRG - Frankfurt '70 - seperation racking up a bit over 1,100 hours in it. I loved the bird and wish I had been privy to the end of war auctions. Went to Alaska a few years back and was happy to see all the U-6's flying in that neck of the woods.


Robert Wilson, e-mail, 11.11.2010 19:59

I was mechanic on the beaver for a tour in Korea easy to work on, cold in the winter and hot in the summer my a/c n numbers 770 & 442 wonder whhat happened to them. 15th av.bat first cav.


stan schroder, e-mail, 20.10.2010 10:46

The DHC should be so proud of themselves. no other aircraft manufacturer in the world can have the bragging rights that DHC has.We build aircraft to last and aircraft that everyone could only dream about building ,Boeing,had to buy the company to get the bragging rights and the Canadian goverment can only sit back and wonder what the hell were we thinking when we sold DHC.Good on all those Canadians that were involved in building the D H C Beaver They make the best,they last,their reliable,and best of all their Canadian


Biggs, e-mail, 29.09.2010 10:01

When Viking purchased the rite to manufacture the Beaver from the original plans I could hear a cheer around the world.

Living here on the Canadian Pacific coast they are part of our daily experience and we love every time we see one.

Viking thanks.


Biggs, e-mail, 29.09.2010 09:55

When Viking purchased the rite to manufacture the Beaver from the original plans I could hear a cheer around the world.

Living here on the Canadian Pacific coast they are part of our daily experience and we love every time we see one.

Viking thanks.


Bill Scharff, e-mail, 23.09.2010 20:08

What a fun plane to fly. Flew Army Beavers in Vietnam and Germany. During my year flying OV-1's in Vietnam our Beaver was the only airplane I took combat damage in.


Bob Pedigo, e-mail, 18.09.2010 00:21

I took instrument training in the L-20/U-6 at Ft Rucker, AL and it was love forever after. I went on to Europe and flew it for three years in some terrible weather conditions and it always came through. I agree that you could always seem to get one more bag on board and if you could get it on board, you could get it off the ground. I've gone into a lot of unimproved field strips and it is terrible to say even one thng bad about the Beaver but the crosswind component of 20 knots was too high. The wind would blow those boxy sides into the bushes unless you could drag the upwind wing on the ground, land it on one main gear, slowly lower the tailwheel to get some control and then lower the downwind wheel to the surface.


Dave Smart, e-mail, 24.08.2010 21:07

While in the USAF in the mid '60's when we were needed in a hurry, we were sometimes shuttled to the outling Atlas F missile silos 20 to 50 miles outside of Abilene Tx in Beavers. They would land in the farmer's fields adjacent to the silos, clean out the farmer's crops from the landing gear and depart. Very short landing and takeoff runs.


Ron Susi, e-mail, 23.08.2010 22:34

Flew the U-6 in Thailand in 1966 from NKP. I will testify that you can fly it into the side of a mountain and walk away. Did it on the Thai Cambodian border.


Eugenio Gallardo, e-mail, 13.05.2010 03:51

Please if somebody has a new of a plane for sale write to me , my mail is elpilotogallardo@gmail.com. I am a chilean pilot so I need a plane to fly in the south of Chile .
Tks All Eugenio Gallardo


Nick Parkinson, e-mail, 31.03.2010 23:14

I remember the Alvis powered version while working at DH's in Hatfield. Probably late fifties. I will look for photos in a DH company journal if I stillhave it.


Benny C. Wallace, e-mail, 14.02.2010 15:02

I am looking for a company that can make me a model of the USAF version (L-20) of the Beaver (equipped with snow skis,if possible.)I flew it from a remote radar station in Canada in 1959.
B.C.Wallace


murray k, e-mail, 11.02.2010 07:45

No Beaver ever flew in New Zealand with an AiResearch TP331 turbine engine. This conversion was done in Australia where the aircraft was used for parachuting among other thinds


John Coleman, e-mail, 22.01.2010 19:40

I was in the last Army Instrument Class that trained in the Beaver, then for a year with the MIBARS in Vietnam, then in Germany.....you could even fly this baby into a mountain and if you hit with the nose up about 15 degrees you were going to walk away to fly another day. Scotty MacDonald..are you out there?


Barrie Davies, e-mail, 16.01.2010 03:00

I flew a British Army Beaver for 6 years, 3 of them in Borneo on active service during the mid 60's. It was a pleasure to fly, reliable, easy to use for military purposes and as Chuck said above it could land on a dime and was very very forgiving, especially for over-loads out of short strips. I'm sure I'm still here today because it was a Beaver I had strapped to my behind and not any another single engined aircraft. I have suffered from "Beaver Fever" ever since ! Thank you DHC.


Bob Leslie, e-mail, 08.01.2010 04:40

I flew many hours in the L-20 Beaver in Alaska 1950-52 flying out of Ladd Field. Flew on skis from Uniat positioning fuel drums and supplies for oil exploration
north of the Brooks range. Great Airplane


Dick Beck, e-mail, 01.01.2010 18:15

I was stationed in Iceland in the early 60's. We used the Beaver to get around the island. It does everything at about the same speed. You could bounce it into some pretty remote spots with great confidence. And, like the family station wagon, you can always get something else in it!


Tony Chapa, e-mail, 09.12.2009 03:03

I learned to fly instruments in a U.S. Army L-20 in 1961 and flew it in Vietnam for a year in 1963-1964. Great airplane. I loved it and wish I had an opportunity to fly one again.


Mike Green, 22.07.2009 08:05

Canada's greatest contribution to the world of aviation, the Beaver wouldn't go away even after the advent of the "Turbo-Beaver" I think of all the nicknames stuck on this little airplane, my favorite is "The flying pick-up truck"


John Redmond, e-mail, 03.06.2009 20:30

Looking for a DHC2 deHavilland, hi wing monoplane, balsa wood model airplane to assemble-can you help--Thanks, John


Chuck, e-mail, 17.05.2009 06:09

I flew Beavers in Vietnam in 1972, flying into Cambodia on radio relay missions. It took us forever (it seemed) to climb to 15,000 feet to orbit at a predetermined location. The mission took about 20 minutes but I could feel the effects of hypoxia setting in. It took no time to get below 10,000 feet. With full flaps, it could land on a dime. It was a very forgiving aircraft and a joy to fly an aircraft with a round engine.


Jock Williams, e-mail, 16.04.2009 08:52

The Beaver is a true classic in Canada and a living legend worldwide. It is not a speed-demon -in fact if I remember correctly it cruised at about 87 knots in the amphib float configuration -but it would get you into and more important out of lakes that nothing else would!

I only flew it "for fun" -never in demanding roles -but it personified the name "bushplane" -and like the DC3 wich is in a sense its larger older brother -there will probably never be a real "replacement"

Fortunately another company (Viking Aircraft of Victoria Canada?) has bought the rights to begin reproducing this classic -so it will re-emerge like the legendary Phoenix -as will the Twin Otter!

How clever that someone decided to stick with a superior design! What an innovative thought!

Jock Williams Yogi 13


Uwe Wagner, e-mail, 12.12.2008 17:26

Hallo,

I'm looking for technical construction plans of DHC-2 Beaver for model building purpose. Even shapes and outlines would help. Do you have such informations?

Kind regards
Uwe


T Lohse, e-mail, 29.05.2008 19:23

Lake Union and Lake Washington, (WA State) has three DHC-2 airlines flying pressently. Northwest Seaplanes (KRNT) and Soundflight (KRNT) operations are out of the south end of Lake Washington. Kenmore Air, operates from the North end of Lake Washington and has a dock near downtown Seattle at lake Union.

These are great places to get up close wan watch the operations or spend a little cash a go for a ride. Radial and Turbines, plus Turbine Otter and other floatplanes (180, 206. 208, Cub, etc.)


ron, e-mail, 16.03.2008 11:10

want some pictures of the alvis leonides powered aircraft, believed to be on display in a museum somewhere in eastern canada, after a long succesfull career.


Larry Turpin, e-mail, 10.02.2008 02:44

Sirs,
As a retiring aircraft mechanic in commercial aviation (airlines) I am very much interested in restoring the Dh-2 aircraft to it's original condition. I have a vast background in radial engines but as a retiree I am very limited on financial backing. If you will send me some pictures and the requirements to ship said airplane back to Kansas I would very much appreciate it.
Thank you in advance.
Larry Turpin


Mike Rose, e-mail, 09.10.2007 20:05

There are one or two DH Beavers available for restoration, located in S America, believed to be in flying condition. I have aircraft-trained contacts with genuine expertise in exporting from this normally-inaccessible location, and in careful dismantling into a shipping container, so if you're interested contact me. Very many other aircraft items, especially engines, available for (very reasonable) sale. A bientot, Mike


frederic, e-mail, 23.08.2007 14:41

Bonjour.

Je suis en train de construire en maquette un DEHAVILLAND BEAVER DHC-2 version hydravion. Souhaitant compléter mes informations, je recherche toute documentation (plans, photos, notes techniques) relatives à cet appareil. Pouvez-vous m’aidez. Merci du bon soin que vous apporterez à ma requête. Cordialement.




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