Today in aviation history – August 16, 1947

aviation history

Canadian Aviation Museum

First flight of the de Havilland DHC-2 “Beaver” at Downsview Airport in Toronto.

One of the most important and recognizable aircraft ever built, hundreds of Beavers are still in the air even though production ceased in 1967.

The picture above shows CF-FHB, the very first Beaver now housed at the Canadian Aviation Museum in Ottawa. I took it last year during my visit.

Here she is as CF-FHB-X (for experimental) on one of the first test flights.

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The building behind now houses an indoor soccer pitch and is located next door to the Canadian Air & Space Museum.

Beavers passing

A picture I took last year in Vancouver of 2 working Beavers near Vancouver airport.  There’s nothing like the sound of those big Pratt & Whitney Wasp Jr. radial engines.