Time for a Beaver

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Time for a Beaver

Postby TASSE » Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:13 am

Here are the non turbo's.

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Possibly the prototype.

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VH-WOG

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Finnish Air Force

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More to come.

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Re: Time for a Beaver

Postby MrWidgeon » Tue Sep 22, 2009 7:04 am

The prototype was CF-FHB.
CF-FHF was the nineteenth Beaver off the line.
For as complete a list as a man can have (so far) try here -

http://www.dhc-2.com/index.htm

He has photos of most of the Beavers ever built.
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Re: Time for a Beaver

Postby TASSE » Tue Sep 22, 2009 7:39 pm

Thank you Mr W, i will get in touch with him.

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Beaver of Peruvian Air Force.

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This is how its done in Australia.

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Pilots mother-in-law takes her first solo !

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Re: Time for a Beaver

Postby flyernzl » Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:37 am

Like the one with the waterfall. I guess you could get airborne with an overload there!

One from the other end of the world: ZK-CMU with Float Air Picton early 1990s, now in the USA as N97FW

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Re: Time for a Beaver

Postby flyernzl » Sun Jul 11, 2010 10:01 am

I have just got back from a trip through the Yasawa Islands, staging through Nadi.

Pacific Island Seaplanes is based there, and currently operate two Beavers on amphibious floats. These aircraft range throughout the Fijian Islands, and are quite difficult to catch on the water. As they operate only charter flights, they're movements are quite unpredictable.

However I was able to photograph them at Nadi airfield 10July2010.

Firstly DQ-GEE ex US Army 58-2027 and C-GSKY c/n 1358. This has operated in Fiji since early 2003.

Arriving Nadi runway 09

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taxiing in to the terminal

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underway again after pax pickup

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lining up runway 27

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and away once again

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Re: Time for a Beaver

Postby TASSE » Sun Jul 11, 2010 12:50 pm

Many thanks for the great photos. Nice to see the float version used regularly outside of Canada.

Could do with a couple here in Ireland - we have plenty of large lakes.

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Re: Time for a Beaver

Postby flyernzl » Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:00 am

Pacific Island Seaplanes second Beaver is DQ-GWW, an early model (c/n 124) that served in Canada as CF-GQW/C-FGQW from 1951 until departing for Fiji in 1999.

Rolled out from the parking lot at Nadi, DQ-GWW heads across the field to the terminal

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collects her passengers and freight

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taxiis out

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lined up on to Nadi's runway 27

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and heads away

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Re: Time for a Beaver

Postby flyernzl » Sat Jul 17, 2010 8:01 am

Although not a Beaver, Pacific's third floatplane is (was?) a turbine-powered DHC3 Otter.
This aircraft has been reported as 'involved in an accident when it tipped over near Vomo Island 29Dec2009'

No-one was injured in this incident, and it was reported as minor. However, I found the fuselage of this aircraft stored in a wire lockup at Nadi, and no sign of an operational Otter. Therefore either the incident was bad enough to ensure a write-off, or the aircraft has been rebuilt with a new fuselage and this is the old one.

Anyone able to clarify?

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The other waterborne aircraft located in the Nadi area was supposed to be Coral Air (Fiji) Ltd. with a Lake amphibian. Although still boasting a current internet website, their Lake LA4-200 Buccaneer DQ-ACA arrived in New Zealand back in 2008 for a rebuild and has since departed to Vanuatu. So there appears to be no other LA4 in Fiji. Yet anther mystery!
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Re: Time for a Beaver

Postby Cameraman » Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:08 am

Hi Tasse,

nothing but NOTHING beats a float equiped Beaver in my book!

Best aircraft ever built and lets hope that Viking do their bit with their production version.

Regards

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Re: Time for a Beaver

Postby seawings » Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:34 am

Morning Tony,

Did you attend and take these superb shots?
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