The De Havilland DHC-3 "Otter"

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The De Havilland DHC-3 "Otter"

Postby OGJ » Fri Apr 01, 2022 2:43 am

First off, if this post needs to be moved to another heading, please move it there.

One of the greatest bush planes ever built, the De Havilland DHC-3 or better known as the “Otter”. There were 466 built between Dec. 1951 and June 1967. There are 92 De Havilland DHC-3’s listed in the CCAR (Canadian Civil Aircraft Register) in Canada, as of Mar. 2020.

By the Province or Territory:

BC. - 29
AB. - 2
SK. - 7
MB. - 12
ON. - 29
PQ. - 9
YK. - 1
NWT. - 1
NU. - 2

Although some of the aircraft listed below are shown with wheel landing gear, all are also shown with floats at one time or another on the DHC-3 Archive site at:
( https://www.dhc-3archive.com/DHC-3_Master_Index.html ) and they can be contacted at: dhc-3@cogeco.ca

Much of this post comes from info from the DHC-3 Archive, which, with permission, uses info from a CD entitled: DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter - a History by Karl E. Hayes, Crakaig, Killiney Hill Road,Killiney, County Dublin, Ireland. (E-mail - Karl.Hayes@goregrimes.ie), and CCAR websites.

Many aircraft run floats in the summer and wheel/skis in the winter, depending on their operation.

Of commercial companies owning the turbo DHC-3, Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC., has the most, they have 21 De Havilland DHC-3-T operating out of Vancouver and surrounding coastal area including Vancouver Island, Coastal Islands & communities and they also fly to Seattle, WA. The 21 aircraft are around 23% of the total 92 aircraft in Canada.

Model & Engine, as listed below are shown as: T = Turbine, P = Piston and P* are what’s known as a ‘Polish Otter’, powered by a PZL (Polski Zaklady Lotnicze) Kalisz radial of 1000 HP (in fact the same engine as the Shvetsov ASh-62IR of the Antonov An-2). P is the standard factory Otter with the Pratt & Whitney R-1340 600 HP radial and as you can see, there is only 1 aircraft still running an original type engine, 4 aircraft using the PLZ-1000hp one and 87 using one type or another turbine engine in Canada.

I tried to post this as table design but the site won't let me do thast by pushinh all the different parts into one big long sentence, so this is why it's don e this way.

Mark is the CCAR registration
Name is De Havilland
Model & Engine are the model and type lof engine.
Serial # & Year are the serial number and where the aircraft first went and when.
Owner is who owns them now according to the CCAR

The following are listed in order by their serial numbers, starting with #3 and going up to #463.

Mark: C-FODH
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine:DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: - 3 - Delivered to Arthur Fecteau Senneterre, Québec, on Dec. 29, 1952
Owner: Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC.

Mark: C-FODH
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine:DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: - 10 - Delivered to RCAF on Mar. 31, 1953
Owner: Alkan Air Ltd., Whitehorse, YK.

Mark: C-FODK
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & year: 13 - Delivered to Ontario Provincial Air Service (OPAS) on May 22, 1953
Owner: Nestor Falls Fly-In Outposts Ltd., Nestor Falls, ON.

Mark: C-FODJ
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-P*
Serial # & Year: 14 - Delivered to Ontario Provincial Air Service (OPAS) on May 8, 1953
Owner: Excellent Adventures Outposts & Air Service Ltd., Ear Falls, ON.

Mark: C-GHAZ
Name: De havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 19 - Delivered (on floats) to Miron et Freres Ltée of Montréal on Sept. 21, 1954
Owner: Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC.

Mark: C-FRNO
Name: De havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 21 - Handed over to Royal Norwegian Air Force on Mar. 2, 1954
Owner: Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC.

Mark: C-FIOF
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 24 - Completed on Feb. 15,1954 and crated for shipment to Widerøs Flyveselskap & Polarfly A/S, Norway
Owner: Blue Water Aviation Services Ltd., Pine Falls, MB.

Mark: C-FSVP
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 28 - Delivered to RCAF on Jan. 13, 1954
Owner: Air Tunilik Inc., Lavsal, PQ.

Mark: C-FAPR
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 31 - Handed over to Royal Norwegian Air Force on Mar. 2, 1954
Owner: Ignace Airways (1996) Ltd., Ignace, ON.

Mark: C-GOFB
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 39 - Delivered to RCAF on May 26, 1954
Owner: Watson's Skyways Ltd., Wawa, ON.

Mark: C-GHAR
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 42 - Delivered to RCMP on Oct. 1, 1954
Owner: Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC.

Mark: C-FYCX
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 44 - Delivered to RCAF on Sept. 20, 1954.
Owner: 1401380 Ontario Limited, Thunder Bay, ON.

Mark: CF-HXY
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-P*
Serial # & Year: 67 - Completed Mar. 1955, being taken on charge by DHC on April 1, 1955 and registered to DHC as CF-HXY. It was the prototype amphibian Otter.
Owner: Lac Seul Airways Ltd. Balmetown, ON.

Mark: C-FCZP
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 69 - Delivered to Canadian Pacific Air Lines (CPA) on April 1, 1955, registered CF-CZP.
Owner: 2320127 Ontario Inc., (Slate Falls Airways), Sioux Lookout, ON.

Mark: C-FMAU
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 74 - Delivered to Manitoba Government Air Service on Feb. 9, 1956.
Owner: Ward Haven Holdings Inc., Edmonton, AB.

Mark: C-FCZO
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 77 - Delivered to US Navy on Mar. 21, 1956
Owner: Osnaburgh Airways Limited, Pickle Lake, ON.

Mark: C-FIGM
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 75 - Delivered to Rio Canada Exploration Ltd., on Dec. 13, 1955.
Owner: Stolairus Aviation Inc., Kelowna, BC.

Mark: C-GVIR
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 82 - Delivered to United States Army on Jan. 21, 1956.
Owner: Vancouver Island Air Ltd., Campbell River, BC.

Mark: C-FITF
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 89 - Delivered to Max Ward’s “Wardair” on Feb. 10, 1956.
Owner: Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC.

Mark: C-GVIX
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 97 - Delivered to United States Army on Mar. 12, 1956
Owner: Vancouver Island Air Ltd., Campbell River, BC.

Mark: C-GVNL
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 105 - Delivered to United States Army on Apr.12, 1956
Owner: Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC.

Mark: C-FODQ
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine:
Serial # & Year: 111 - Delivered to Ontario Provincial Air Service (OPAS) on Jun. 20, 1956.
Owner: Superior Airways Limited, Red Lake, ON.

Mark: C-GPHD
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 113 - Delivered to United States Army on May 15, 1956.
Owner: Osprey Wings Ltd., La Ronge. SK.

Mark: C-FHAD
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 119 - Delivered to United States Army on May 19, 1956
Owner: Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC.

Mark: C-GBNA
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 125 - Delivered to United States Army on May 23, 1956.
Owner: 634643 Alberta Ltd., (Voyage Air) Buffalo Narrows, SK.

Mark: CF-KOA
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 130 - Delivered to United States Army on Jun. 20, 1956.
Owner: Kississing Lake Lodge Ltd., Flin Flon, MB.

Mark: C-FIUZ
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 135 - Delivered to Wheeler Airlines Ltd., St. Jovite, PQ.. on Jun. 22, 1956.
Owner: Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC.

Mark: C-FFVZ
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 145 - Delivered to United States Army on Jul. 25, 1956.
Owner: Kississing Lake Lodge Ltd., Flin Flon, MB.

Mark: C-GLPM
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 147 - Delivered to Saskatchewan Government Airways, Prince Albert, SK., on Aug 2, 1956.
Owner: Osprey Wings Ltd., La Ronge. SK.

Mark: C-FDDX
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 165 - Delivered to United States Army on Oct. 25, 1956
Owner: True North Airways Inc., Azilda, ON.

Mark: C-GGSL
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-P*
Serial # & Year: 166 - Delivered to United States Navy on Oct. 24, 1956.
Owner: Pipestone Air Inc., Emo, ON.

Mark: C-GLCW
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 172 - Delivered to United States Army on Nov. 7, 1956.
Owner: Leuenberger Air Service Limited, Nakina, ON.

Mark: C-FQMN
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 184 - Delivered to United States Army on Nov. 30, 1956.
Owner: 705833 Ontario Ltd., (Hawk Air), Wawa, ON.

Mark: C-FWEJ
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 208 - Delivered to Indian Air Force on Nov. 19, 1957.
Owner: Kississing Lake Lodge Ltd., Flin Flon, MB.

Mark: C-GBTU
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-P*
Serial # & Year: 209 - Delivered to Indian Air Force on Dec. 26, 1957.
Owner: Blue Water Aviation Services Ltd., Pine Falls, MB.

C-BTU is still registered on the CCAR as having a piston engine but in May 2018 it had a turbine installed. After running for Blue Water for just over a year, it crashed after a wing separated, killing the pilot and two passengers, totally destroying the aircraft on Oct. 26, 2019. See write up end of Otter sn/463.

Mark: C-FWRA
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 213 - Delivered to Indian Air Force on Jan. 6, 1958.
Owner: 612372 Ontario Limited, (White River Air) White River, ON.

Mark: C-GHAG
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 214 - Delivered to A. Fecteau Transport Aerien Ltée, Senneterre, PQ., on May 17, 1957.
Owner: Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC.

Mark: C-GLMT
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 216 - Delivered to Indian Air Force on Jan. 17, 1958.
Owner: Kississing Lake Lodge Ltd., Flin Flon, MB.

Mark: C-FODT
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 218 - Delivered to Ontario Provincial Air Service (OPAS), Sault Ste. Marie, ON., on Apr. 29, 1957.
Owner: Air Tunilik Inc., Laval, PQ.

Mark: C-FQND
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 233 - Delivered to United States Army on Feb. 12, 1958.
Owner: Vancouver Island Air Ltd., Campbell River, BC.

Mark: C-FSOR
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 239 - Delivered to Indian Air Force on Mar. 7, 1958.
Owner: Nestor Falls Fly-In Outposts Ltd., Nestor Falls, ON.

Mark: C-FYLZ
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 247 - To Qantas Empire Airways Ltd., as VH-EAX on Feb. 25, 1958. Shipped Mar. 6 1958
Owner: NDK Air Ltd., Thunder Bay, ON.

Mark: C-FKLC
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 255 - Delivered to Shell Canada Ltd., of Edmonton, Alberta on Apr. 14, 1958, registered CF-KLC.
Owner: 9220-5079 Québec Inc., Laval, PQ.
As of 2018 it is a pile of wreckage, see write up after Otter sn/463 further down.

Mark: C-FXRI
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 258 - Shipped to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd., Australia on Apr. 15, 1958.
Owner: Osprey Wings Ltd., La Ronge. SK.

Mark: C-GKYG
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 261 - Delivered to the United States Army on May 24, 1958.,
Owner: 3097448 Manitoba Ltd., (Adventure Air) Lac du Bonnet, MB.

Mark: C-GJTG
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 270 - Delivered to United States Army on Jun. 21, 1958.
Owner: Morris Perrey, Comox, BC.
C-GJTG is a pile of wreckage, hopefully to be rebuilt. The following from the DHC Archive site: Pro Mech Air were unable to survive the consequences of such a terrible crash and the operation was subsequently closed down. The wreck of the Otter arrived in a container at the end of October 2017 at International Aeroproducts Inc., of Courtenay, BC on Vancouver Island and at the same time a sale of the aircraft was noted on the US Civil Aircraft Register, giving the address of the buyer as PO Box 190933, Anchorage. It appears that N270PA could be rebuilt or else parted out. It had total time of 24,439 hours at the time of the crash.

The American registration was cancelled on 18 August 2018. The Otter is still under rebuild at the Courtenay Airpark on Vancouver Island. On 1 May 2019 it was registered as C-GJTG to Morris Perrey with an address in Comox, BC, who is the president of the Courtenay Airpark Association.

Mark: C-FHPE
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 273 - Delivered to the Union of Burma Air Force on Dec. 8, 1958.
Owner: Transwest Air Limited Partnership, Prince Albert, SK.

Mark: C-GMAY
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 282 - Delivered to United States Army on Aug. 26, 1958.
Owner: Johnny May's Air Charters (2009) Ltd / Les Nolisements Aériens Johnny May (2009) Ltée, Kuujjuaq, PQ.

Mark: C-GHAS
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 284 - Delivered to United States Army on Sep. 5, 1958.
Owner: Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC.

Mark: C-FLEA
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-P*
Serial # & Year:
Owner: 2610721 Ontario Inc., (Clark's Air Service), Vermilion Bay, ON.

Mark: C-GYKO
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 287 - Delivered to United States Army on Oct. 17, 1958.
Owner: River Air Limited, Kenora, ON.

Mark: C-GHAQ
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 288 - Delivered to United States Army on Oct. 3, 1958.
Owner: Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC.
Bought by Harbour Air badly damaged after flipping over upon landing on a coastal island in Fiji, the Otter, bought in 2011 is still in storage as of 2018.

Mark: C-FLAP
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 289 - Delivered to McMurray Air Service Ltd, Uranium City, SK., on Feb. 27, 1959.
Owner: Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC.

Mark: C-GRRJ
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 296 - Delivered to United States Army on Nov. 1, 1958.
Owner: Superior Airways Limited, Red Lake, ON.

Mark: C-GMDG
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 302 - Delivered to United States Army on Dec. 2, 1958.
Owner: Fort Frances Sportsmen Airways Ltd., Fort Frances, ON.

Mark: C-FMPY
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 324 - Delivered to RCMP on Jul. 28 1959.
Owner: Nakina Outpost Camps & Air Service Ltd., Nakina, ON.

Mark: CF-MIQ
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 336 - Delivered to Hudson Bay Air Transport Ltd., Flin Flon, MB., on Jun. 21. 1960 as CF-MIQ
Owner: Nakina Outpost Camps & Air Service Ltd., Nakina, ON.

Mark: C-FHAX
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 339 - Delivered to United States Army on Oct. 9, 1959.
Owner: Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC.

Mark: C-GLAB
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 348 - Delivered to United States Army on Dec. 28, 1959.
Owner: Wilderness Air Ltd., Vermilion Bay, ON.

Mark: C-GUDK
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 349 - Delivered to United States Army on Dec. 28, 1959.
Owner: Liard Air Limited, Muncho Lake, BC.

Mark: C-GVNX
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 353 - Delivered to United States Army on Feb. 11, 1960.
Owner: Air Tindi Ltd., Yellowknife, NWT.

Mark: C-GOPP
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 355 - Delivered to United States Army on Feb. 9, 1960.
Owner: Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC.

Mark: C-FHAA
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 357 - Delivered to RCAF on May. 4, 1960.
Owner: Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC.

Mark: C-GMLB
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 359 - Delivered to RCAF on May. 4, 1960.
Owner: NDK Air Ltd., Thunder Bay, ON.

Mark: C-FMZC
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 362 - Delivered to United States Army on Mar. 25, 1960.
Owner: Tsayta Aviation Ltd., Smithers, BC.

Mark: C-GSMG
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 363 - Delivered to RCAF on May. 12, 1960.
Owner: Kississing Lake Lodge Ltd., Steinbach, MB.

Mark: C-GUTL
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 365 - Delivered to RCAF on Jun. 16, 1960.
Owner: Fort Frances Sportsmen Airways Ltd., Fort Frances, ON.

Mark: C-GGSC
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 366 - Delivered to United States Army on Mar. 25, 1960.
Owner: Air Mont-Laurier (1985) Inc., Riviere-Rouge, PQ.

Mark: C-GEND
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 371 - Delivered to United States Army on May. 12, 1960.
Owner: Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC.

Mark: C-FBEO
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 373 - Delivered to United States Army on Jun. 21, 1960.
Owner: Walsten Aircraft Parts & Leasing Inc. (Mandair) Penticton, BC.

Mark: C-GSUV
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-P*
Serial # & Year: 376 - Delivered to United States Army on Feb. 3, 1960.
Owner: 3097448 Manitoba Ltd., (Adventure Air), Lac du Bonnet, MB.

Mark: C-FODU
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 369 - Delivered to Ontario Provincial Air Service (OPAS) on 06-May 6, 1960.
Owner: The Ontario Bushplane Heritage And Forest Fire Educational Centre, Sault Ste Marie, ON.

Mark: C-FHAS
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 382 - Delivered to United States Army on Jul. 14, 1960.
Owner: Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC.

Mark: C-GHYB
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-P*
Serial # & Year: 386 - Delivered to Union of Burma Air Force on Sep. 23. 1960.
Owner: Blue Water Aviation Services Ltd., Pine Falls, MB.
See: C-GHYB after Otter sn/463 further down.

Mark: C-FJHA
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 393 - Delivered to RCAF on Oct. 31, 1960.
Owner: Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC.

Mark: C-GBQC
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 401 - Delivered to RCAF on Nov. 14, 1960.
Owner: Ookpik Aviation Inc., Baker Lake, NU.

Mark: C-FODW
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 403 - Delivered to Ontario Provincial Air Service (OPAS) on Aug. 2, 1961.
Owner: Kississing Lake Lodge Ltd., Flin Flon, MB.

Mark: C-GFUT
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 404 - Delivered to RCAF on Dec. 7, 1960.
Owner: Nordplus 1998 ltée, Québec, PQ.

Mark: C-GUTW
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 405 - Delivered to RCAF on Dec. 20, 1960.
Owner: Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC.

Mark: C-FHAJ
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 406 - Delivered to Union of Burma Air Force on Nov. 21, 1961.
Owner: Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC.

Mark: C-FODV
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 411 - Delivered to Ontario Provincial Air Service (OPAS) on Apr. 20, 1961.
Owner: Wilderness Air Ltd., Vermilion Bay, ON.

Mark: C-FNWX
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 412 - Completed on Mar. 28, 1962, registered CF-NWX, but was retained by DHC as a demonstrator aircraft, on amphibious floats.
Owner: 2320127 Ontario Inc., (Slate Falls Airways) Sioux Lookout, ON.

Mark: C-GLCO
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 420 - Delivered to the Ghana Air Force on 21st Jul. 21, 1961.
Owner: Nordplus 1998 ltée, Québec, PQ.

Mark: C-GLCP
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 422 - Delivered to the Ghanaian Air Force on Jul. 21, 1961.
Owner: Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC.

Mark: C-GTMW
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 427 - Delivered to Ontario Provincial Air Service (OPAS) on Oct. 29, 1962.
Owner: Martini Aviation Ltd., Surrey, BC.

Mark: C-FSOX
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 437 - Delivered to United Nations Organisation (UN) on Feb. 15, 1963.
Owner: Leuenberger Air Service Limited, Nakina, ON.

Mark: CF-PEM
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 438 - Delivered to Hudson Bay Air Transport Ltd., Flin Flon, MB., on May 24, 1963.
Owner: 590730 Alberta Ltd., Sherwood Park, AB.

Mark: C-FPEN
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 439 - Delivered to Hudson Bay Air Transport Ltd., Flin Flon, MB., on May 24, 1963.
Owner: Ookpik Aviation Inc., Baker Lake, NU.

Mark: C-FRHW
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 455 - Delivered to Atlas Aviation Ltd., of Resolute Bay, NWT. on Feb. 3, 1965,
Owner: Kississing Lake Lodge Ltd., Flin Flon, MB.

From the DHC Archive site: Sadly, Otter CF-RWU did not last much longer. On July17, 1971 the Otter departed from Resolute Bay en route to Rae Point on Melville Island. It crashed into a hill on Browne Island in foggy conditions, killing the pilot, the only occupant and wrecking the Otter, which was badly burnt. As the accident report concluded: “Continued VFR into adverse weather”. The wreckage was located at the base of a cliff, 26 miles from its departure point. It had impacted about forty feet below the top of the cliff and was extensively consumed by fire.

In January 1974 the wreckage of the Otter was sold to Harold J. Hansen of Seattle. Nothing more was heard of the Otter until August 1990, nineteen years after the crash, when the Otter appeared on the US Civil Aircraft Register as N90758, registered to James B. Hayton of Sedro Woolley, Washington, who had purchased the wreck from Harold Hansen. Mr Hayton's company is North Sound Aviation Inc, which specialises in the rebuild of aircraft such as Beavers and Otters. Not much survived of Otter 455, only a section of fuselage and some bits and pieces, which were still present in his yard ten years later. It was his intention that the Otter be rebuilt, using these pieces and parts from other crashed Otters. There is a value attached to ownership of an aircraft's certification plate, around which a rebuilt aircraft can be created. By 2004 however no progress had been made on the rebuild of Otter 455.

To be updated when current status is known.

It appears Kississing Lake Lodge Ltd. bought it and had it registered as C-FRHW on Mar. 2, 2011, most likely for parts for their other Otters.

Mark: C-FDIO
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 452 - Ordered new for Tanzania, delivered to Tanzania on Feb. 28, 1966.
Owner: Waasheshkun Airways Ltd./Compagnie d'Aviation, Waasheshkun Ltee, Mistissini, PQ.

Mark: C-FAZX
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-P (Only Otter with an original P&W R-1340 600hp engine)
Serial # & Year: 458 - Delivered to the Tanzanian Air Force on 10 Mar. 10, 1966. Kept in Canada for training.
Owner: Air Tunilik Inc., Laval, PQ.

Mark: C-FDIZ
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 460 - Delivered to the Tanzanian Air Force on Mar. 28, 1966.
Owner: Osprey Wings Ltd., La Ronge. SK.

Mark: C-FASZ
Name: De Havilland
Model & Engine: DHC-3-T
Serial # & Year: 463 - Delivered to Indian Air Force on Oct. 5, 1966.
Owner: Osprey Wings Ltd., La Ronge. SK.

C-GBTU Dehavilland DHC-3-P* sn/209 is still listed on CCAR site but according to the DHC-3 Otter Archive site and the Transportation Safety Board, it was converted with a General Electric (GE) Aviation Czech H75-200, turbine engine in May 2018. In October 2019 it crashed following a wing separation, TSB report states: At approximately 0745 Central Daylight Time on 26 October 2019, the Blue Water Aviation float-equipped de Havilland DHC-3 Otter aircraft (registration C-GBTU, serial number 209) departed Bissett Water Aerodrome, Manitoba, with the pilot, 2 passengers, and approximately 800 pounds of freight on board. The destination was Little Grand Rapids, Manitoba, on the eastern shore of Family Lake. At approximately 0845, while on approach to Family Lake, the aircraft’s right wing separated from the fuselage. The aircraft then entered a nose-down attitude and struck the water surface of the lake. The pilot and the 2 passengers were fatally injured. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces.

C-GSUV Dehavilland DHC-3-P* sn/376 was converted to Walter turbine power by AOG Air Support at Kelowna, BC., sometime between 2001 and 2004 as dated pictures show but CCAR states sn/376 Dehavilland DHC-3 has a piston engine. It may have reverted back to a piston engine sometime between

C-GHYB Dehavilland DHC-3-P* sn/386 was converted with a Walter Turbine Otter Conversion in the winter of 2009/2010 but is still listed as a piston engine on CCAR but I see the last Certificate of Registration was issued on May 13, 2002, so that may answer why.

C-FAZX Dehavilland DHC-3-P sn/458 came out with the P&W R-1340 600 HP radial in early 1965, in March / April 2000 AZX was converted with an Orenda V8 engine, the second Otter to be converted with this engine. In the winter of 2011 / 2012 the original Orenda engine was removed and replaced by a freshly overhauled TRACE engine (another 600hp V-8, liquid cooled). In the winter of 2017 / 2018 it had its TRACE engine removed and the Otter was re-engined with its original R-1340 piston engine. It appears this is the only Otter in Canada still flying with the original P&W R-1340 engine, as all others have up-graded to the 1000hp PZL Kalisz radial or a turbine.

First Otter built sn/1 was known as a de Havilland DHC-3 King Beaver prototype and rolled out on Dec. 10, 1951 as CF-DYK. It had its first flight on Dec. 12, 1951. Later it was registered as CF-DYK-X as an experimental type of a new aircraft type. By June 24, 1952 it was no longer known as a King Beaver, but became known as the Otter. It went through further testing until the RCAF took it on strength on Feb. 20, 1953. It left the RCAF in June 1967 as CF-SKX going back to DHC. After a number of different owners it was leased to Laurentian Air Service, Ottawa, ON., on April 10, 1970. On May 1, 1970 during a high speed stability tests, both wings failed and crashed, killing the pilot James Patrick Croal. CF-SKX was totally destroyed.

Last Otter built, sn/466 was delivered to Laurentian Air Service, Ottawa, ON., as CF-VQD, on June 16, 1967. After a number of different owners and an engine change to a Walter M601 SER turbine power by AOG Air Support,Kelowna, BC., around 2002. It is still flying today as N725TH of Northwest Seaplanes Inc., Renton, WA., USA .

The USA FFA Registry shows 67 De De Havilland DHC-3 Otters:

Turbine Engine:
Alaska - 36
California - 1
New York - 1
North Carolina - 1
Utah - 1
Washington - 11

Piston Engine:
Alaska - 10
Californioa - 1
Missouri - 1
Nevada - 1
Washington - 3

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Re: The De Havilland DHC-3 "Otter"

Postby dogsbody » Fri Apr 01, 2022 5:31 pm

Nice list, but I think you're missing one.

C-GUJW was up here, in Fort McMurray. At least it was a dozen years ago.

I took this photo as it was tied up on The Snye, about a mile or so away from where my arse is parked right now.

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Re: The De Havilland DHC-3 "Otter"

Postby OGJ » Fri Apr 01, 2022 5:57 pm

dogsbody wrote:Nice list, but I think you're missing one.

C-GUJW was up here, in Fort McMurray. At least it was a dozen years ago.

I took this photo as it was tied up on The Snye, about a mile or so away from where my arse is parked right now.

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That's nice but the list I made was for the DHC-3 Otter not the DHC-2 Beaver, C-GUJW sn/1657 is a DHC-2 MK. I Beaver, but I won't scold you for that one :D

I personally have had only two flights in an Otter and they were back in 1982 when we use to go hunting on fly in trips and in 82 we decided to take our families with us. There were 11 of us in total, myself with the wife and our two boys aged 10 and 12, another friend with his wife and two boys age 9 and 12, another friend with his son, age 11 and one other person who was a friend. We had planned on a two week trip with the kids and wives staying only 1 week. We needed all our gear, tents stoves, food etc, so we needed two flights.

We flew out with Northern Thunderbird Airways, who had a base in Mackenzie, B. C., which is on the south easterly shore of Williston Lake. First flight left with 3 adults and one kid with the vast majority of our gear. The pilot came back loaded me, the two wives, 4 remaining kids and what was left of the gear. Pilot asked me if I minded if his wife came along which I replied, I had no problem. He piled the gear up front, he taxied to the end of the lake and revved it up for take off, C-GLES slowly started down the small lake, it roared and roared and then the pilot aborted the take off and taxied back to the other end of the lake (downwind end), got out, pumped the floats out, maybe a gallon came out, got back in and away we went again, again he aborted the take off, returning to the downwind end of the lake where the dock was, turned to his wife who might have weighed 110 pounds and said with a big grin, “well dear, I hope you enjoyed your flight” to which she stepped off the aircraft. Ok, third try, fuel burnt on two attempted take off’s, maybe 10 to 15 pound of water pumped out and his 110 pound wife missing from the aircraft this time, we hardly got speed up and we were airborne.

Talking to the pilot afterwards, I asked him what was the problem as the first flight was way heavier than the second flight and he said he kinda knew he was going to have a problem because of an inversion that had come in. Once he got airborne, he got to the east side of Williston Lake, aircraft hugging the shore to get lift from the upwards movement of the air from the lake. At times it looked like the right wing, if dipped down a little, could be used as a tree top trimmer.
As we flew up the lake we very, very slowly started to gain altitude. At one point a broad valley came on our right and the pilot turned to follow it but very shortly slowly turned back to the lake saying “we won’t make it”, meaning we couldn’t get the altitude to make it through the faraway pass. We continued up Williston Lake finally flying over Chesterfield Lake and made it through Bedaux Pass at 4600ft ASL after leaving Morefree Lakes 2300ft ASL at Makenzie. Kids and the wives had a great time. They left with a few fish to take home, The other two kids rainbow trout weighed 11 & 12 pounds, while our youngest came home with a 8 pound 9 oz., weighed at Mackenzie on the way out.

A week latter, when we expected to be picked up, we could hear the plane (C-GLES) trying to get through Bedaux Pass, then turn back. Twice this happened and the third time he made it through. He landed, four new hunters got off and he looked at the game & gear we had and said it would be safer if he flew us four to Chesterfield Lake, as it was a way longer lake, came back for our gear & game since Fern Lake is rather short and at a higher elevation He dropped the four of us off at Chesterfield, went back to Fern Lake, picked up our gear & game, returning to pick us up. Now with the two aborted attempts trying to get through the pass after taking off from Chesterfield, now the extra flight from Chesterfield to Fern Lake, then back to Chesterfield to pick us up, pilot informed us, we were short of fuel and I didn’t remember seeing any gas stations on the lake on the way up. Pilot informed us there was a sheltered bay on Williston Lake that should have some fuel, hopefully. We landed, all got out and the place was strewn with barrels, a few 45 gal but had many many little 10gal barrels. All we marked with 80/87 Av Gas. We all started rummaging through the barrels, with shouts of “there is some in this one” another shouted with glee “this one is about ½ full” and if I remember right, we even found a full one.

All were taken to the pilot, who had his big funnel with a chamois pouring it into the thirsty Otter. After going through, I don’t remember, how many barrels, pilot said that should get us home. He also said, “make sure the bungs are tight on the empty barrels and to load around 12 or 15 to take back to Makenzie. I’m guessing here, but I think to refill them and to be brought back here as an emergency fuel station on the lake. We got about ⅔ of the way to Makenzie and the little red fuel lights with the buzzer decided to come on and pilot switched tanks until its little red light and buzzer came on, so he switched back to the other one, ran on it for a little way then switched back to the other one, all the time while both red lights were on and the buzzer was going on both. Pilot finally switched to the big main tank that we had put fuel in and in a short time we landed at Morefree Lakes. The flying trip was over, and so was the excitement.

Northern Thunderbird Airways sold C-GLES (sn/338) two years later on Oct, 20,1984 to St Cloud Aviation Inc., St.Cloud, MN., for CND $110,000 with floats and skis, with a total time of 11,375hrs. It was then sold to Wayne C. Alsworth, Port Alsworth, AK. And registered as N338D. He re-engined it in the winter of 86/87, with a Wright Cyclone R-1820 engine, rated at 1,200hp, the engine which powers the Douglas DC-3. All the design, planning and actual conversion works were undertaken by Mr Alsworth himself. The engine mount was custom built. The cowling came from a Lockheed Lodestar. The cowl flaps came from a DC-3 and were modified to fit the installation. The propeller came from a Grumman Albatross. The Otter’s trademark exhaust augmenter system was completely revamped and there was a huge single exhaust port on the right side. The propeller spinner came from an aviation surplus house. There were some control modifications in the cockpit but perhaps most significant was the change in weight and balance. The new engine was 400 pounds heavier than the old one, requiring the engine to be recessed closer to the firewall and the battery box to be relocated in the tail, to preserve the balance. There was no hydraulic accessory pump, so the flaps and skis would have to be hand pumped.

Mr Alsworth was aiming for experimental status first and after he had flown several hundred hours he would review matters and decide whether to go for full certification. Exactly how far he got with all this is not known, but perhaps not surprisingly his ambitious but somewhat makeshift conversion was not certificated by the authorities and the Otter was converted back to its original R-1340 engine.

N338D left Alaska by ship in a container to Seattle, where it was put on a truck and driven to Vernon, BC where it arrived at the Kal Air facility mid February 2008. It was re-registered to Rustair Inc, Anchorage on 11 February 2008 as N424KT. Work started by Kal Air on a rebuild and refurbish and conversion to a Vazar turbine with PT-6A engine. The aircraft was repainted into Rusts red and white colour scheme, with K2 Aviation on the tail. N424KT was delivered out of Vernon on 14 August 2008, en route to Anchorage and entered service with Rusts / K2 Aviation as part of its fleet of turbine Otters. During the summer months the Otter is based at Talkeetna for the glacier / sightseeing flights and is still flying today on wheels / skis.
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Re: The De Havilland DHC-3 "Otter"

Postby dogsbody » Sat Apr 02, 2022 6:03 pm

Damn it! Getting old sucks! Sorry for that.

Maybe it's time I gave up this moderator's job and just become a regular member or just an occasional visitor.



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