deHavilland Single Otter
The de Havilland Single Otter was created after the acclaimed success
of the legendary deHavilland Canada Beaver. The predecessor became known
as the King Beaver. The demand for the single otter came from the Ontario
Provincial Air Service. The organization saw the need for an aircraft
with increased capacity and similar performance and reliability. Canadian
and Whitney agreed to produce a geared version of their Wasp
engine to meet this new demand and the King Beaver was born! On the 12th
of December, 1951, George Neal first flew the prototype at Toronto's Downsview
Many pilots found the well-designed Otters more maneuverable than the
considerably smaller Beaver, and it earned itself the nickname 'Kiddiecar".
The first customers for the Otter were the Ontario Provincial Air Service
(OPAS), The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), Canadian civil operators
and a Norwegian operator specializing in linking remote northern towns
to Oslo. By 1953, the U.S. Army got wind of the Otters performance and
ultimately ended up purchasing a third of the total Otters production,
which numbered around 450. The plane flew well under diverse conditions,
serving with the United Nations Emergency Force in the Middle East and
with the U.S. Navy and Belgian and British teams in the Antarctic.
A popular turbine conversion is available for the Single Otter. The Turbine Single Otter is one of the most versatile and dependable bush airplanes operating in the north today. This aircraft is easily converted from full-passenger to all-cargo configuration quickly, or a combination of both may be used. It is multi-purpose, utilizing floats, wheels or wheel/skis depending on the season, and is equipped with a Barron STOL kit, high gross weight kit, and extended fuel capability.
deHavilland Single Otter and Turbine Single Otter
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