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Passenger float plane owned by Baxter Aviation, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

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A de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver float plane owned by Baxter Aviation (taken over by West Coast Air in 2007) of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.

Over 1,600 Beavers were produced until the original line was shut down in 1967.  The plane had a length of 30 ft 3 in (9.22m), a wingspan of 48 ft (14.63m) and a gross weight of 5,100 lb (2,313 kg).  Powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Jr. radial engine having 450 hp (336 kW), the Beaver had a maximum speed of 158 mph (255 km/h), a flight ceiling of 18,000 ft (4,586 m) and a range of 455 miles (732 km).

The seven seat Beaver (1 pilot and 6 passengers) is one of the most famous bush planes in the world. Due to this success, the Royal Canadian Mint commemorated the Beaver on a special edition Canadian quarter in November 1999.

 

 

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