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De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter
 
   


Canada, light commuter aircraft


In 1964, De Havilland Canada began the construction of a transport plane, a so-called STOL plane (Short Take Off and Landing). The first one arrived on the market in June 1966. Two years later, orders had reached 300 aircraft. Customers all over the world were in need of a transport plane that had been specially adapted to short, primitive air-strips.

In the 1950's and 60's
Widerøes Flyselskap employed Norseman and DHC-3 Otter aircraft on their seaplane routes. In 1966, Widerøes submitted a proposal for the building of 19 minor airfields all over the country, with runways adapted to the DHC-6 Twin Otter, i.e. 800 metres. In March 1967, a trial route was established between Værnes, Helgeland and Bodø. Widerøes bought a 19 seat DHC-200 Twin Otter, LN-LMN, for this purpose, which is today on display at the museum. The company ran scheduled services using the DHC-6 until the summer of 2000.

TECHNICAL DATA

LENGTH:

15,8 m

WINGSPAN:

19,8 m

HEIGHT:

5,7 m

MAX T/O WEIGHT:

5252 kg

MAX SPEED:

306 km/t

CEILING:

7400 m

RANGE:

1521 km

POWERPLANT:

2 P&W PT6A 20, 579 Hp

LOAD:

2 pilots, 19 passenger