The "De Havilland" Canada DHC-2 Beaver is a single-engined, high-wing, propeller-driven, STOL aircraft. Developed by de Havilland Canada it is primarily known as a bush plane. It is used for cargo and passenger hauling, aerial application (crop dusting and aerial topdressing), and has been widely adopted by armed forces as a utility aircraft. The United States Army and Air Force purchased several hundred as U-6. Over 1,600 Beavers were produced until 1967. Many are now flown by bush pilots in Canada.
Beaver KLu scheme (Royal Netherlands Air Force / Koninklijke Luchtmacht)
This particular aircraft type was operated by the Royal Netherlands Air Force in the sixties and seventies. Aircraft now with current civil registration PH-DHC, Royal Netherlands AF code S-9, serial no. 55-4585, c/n: 965. It is now flying with the Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight (Stichting Koninklijke Luchtmacht Historische Vlucht) and operates from Gilze-Rijen Air Base, the Netherlands
Photographed August 2010 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
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Selection of older photo's of Dutch Beavers as used by the Royal Netherlands air force.
Photo's / Collection Fred Bachofner (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
and at the Anthony Fokker technical school (nineteen eighties):
DHC-2 with floats
This DHC-2 Beaver mk.1 has floats with rudders! and a couple extra stabilizer fins. Civil aircraft with ICAO code "LN-NCC" (c/n 1167) was seen at Texel airport, The Netherlands in the Summer of 2016.
Photographed 2016 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
OFFICIAL USAF COLOUR INFORMATION U-6
from USAF handbook Technical order TO 1-1-4. Collection M. de Vreeze (used with permission)
Standard System colour numbers refer to the Federal Standard system with 5 digit numbered colours. Deviations on real aircraft may occur.
Some plastic scale models exist of the Beaver. The old FROG kit, the Airfix kit and Hobbycraft in 1/72, the later Hobbycraft kit in 1/48. Miniwing has a 1/144 kit.
The Netherlands Air Force also used the Beaver. Enthusiasts, modellers and historians may check-out the KLu Beaver details at the NedMil page here
This walk around page was first created January 2012 by M. de Vreeze; note that all photo's are strictly copyright by their contributors and may not be published elsewhere without prior written permission.