Monday, March 15, 2010
DE HAVILLAND CANADA DHC-3 “OTTER”
|STANDARD DATA: Seats 9-10. Gross wt. 8,000. Empty wt. 4,431. Fuel capacity 214. Engine 600-hp Pratt & Whitney.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 160. Cruise mph 132. Stall mph 58. Initial climb rate 850. Range 875. Ceiling 18,800. Takeoff distance (50') 1,155. Landing distance (50') 880.
The Otter began production in 1951 as a larger complement to the Beaver. Like the Beaver, it has found favor with military as well as civilian operators who demand a great deal from their airplanes. By early 1966, a total of 460 Otters had been produced, many of which went to the U.S. Army under the U-IB designation. The R.C.A.F. uses Otters in Arctic search and rescue missions, paratroop drops, and aerial photographic duties. The United States has employed them in a wide range of areas from the Antarctic to Vietnam.