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De Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter - Ottawa, Ontario
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane
N 45° 27.485 W 075° 38.469
18T E 449871 N 5034039
Quick Description: This Otter was built in 1960 and purchased by the RCAF soon after. It served with reserve squadrons and two search-and-rescue units, one in Alberta and the other in Montreal. Retired in 1982, it was transferred to the Museum in 1983.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 7/19/2019 3:52:41 PM
Waymark Code: WM10ZWD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
Views: 1

Long Description:
The following is from the Canada Aviation and Space Museum's Website:


A single-engine utility aircraft with the same capabilities of the DHC Beaver but twice the size, hence its original name, "King Beaver"

Designed in 1950

Used for search-and-rescue operations and to develop water-bombing techniques for fighting forest fires

Flown during the first overland crossing of Antarctica, in 1957

One of several de Havilland Canada aircraft named after North American wildlife

A short-take-off-and-landing (STOL) aircraft (requires minimal space to take off and touch down on land, water or snow), along with de Havilland Canada's Beaver, Caribou, Buffalo, Twin Otter and Dash 7

Predecessor of the Twin Otter, a larger aircraft with a greater load-carrying capacity and two engines

First flight was on December 12th, 1951
Artifact no.:
de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd.
Manufacturer Location:
Manufacture Date:
Registration no.:
9408 (RCAF)
Acquisition Date:


The Otter had good load-carrying ability, great reliability, and excellent short take-off-and-landing capabilities, all of which recommended it for both civil and military use. The US Army and US Navy used Otters and the RCAF operated 69, some of which served overseas on United Nations duties. Otters also served with nine other air forces, and civilian versions flew in 36 countries. About 450 were made.

The Otter was built in response to a need for an aircraft like the Beaver, but twice as large. Otters were too large and expensive for small operators, but found favour with larger organizations. Otters were used to develop the water-bombing techniques so common today.

Current Location:

Reserve Hangar, Canada Aviation and Space Museum


Transfer from the Canadian Armed Forces

This Otter was built in 1960 and purchased by the RCAF soon after. It served with reserve squadrons and two search-and-rescue units, one in Alberta and the other in Montreal, before the type was retired in 1982. It was transferred to the Museum in 1983, having been refinished in RCAF Air Transport Command markings.

Technical Information:

Wing Span 17.7 m (58 ft)
Length 12.8 m (41 ft 10 in)
Height 4 m (13 ft)
Weight, Empty 2,398 kg (5,287 lb)
Weight, Gross 3,628 kg (8,000 lb)
Cruising Speed 222 km/h (138 mph)
Max Speed 258 km/h (160 mph)
Rate of Climb 305 m (1,000 ft) /min
Service Ceiling 5,730 m (18,500 ft)
Range 1,545 km (960 mi)
Power Plant one Pratt & Whitney S1H1-G Wasp, 600 hp, radial engine

Reference: (visit link)
Type of Aircraft: (make/model): De Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter

Tail Number: (S/N): 9408

Construction:: original aircraft

Location (park, airport, museum, etc.): Canada Aviation and Space Museum

inside / outside: inside

Other Information::
Canada Aviation and Space Museum - Ottawa, Ontario Opening hours Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission fees Adult $15, Youth (3-17) $10 Senior (age 60+) / Student $13 - Free on Thursday from 4 to 5 PM An additional 5$ entrance fee to visit the hanger where this aircraft is located will need to be purchased before the visit takes place. You will be escorted by a tour guide. Tours of the hangar are scheduled for 11 AM and 1 PM. There is paid parking on site. Taking photographs is allowed.

Access restrictions:
You will be briefed by the tour guide at the commencement of your tour and he/she will explain the activities that you may have to restrain from within the hangar. There are barriers on the floor that serve to prevent visitors from approaching too close and touching the aircrafts.

Visit Instructions:
Photo of aircraft (required - will be interesting to see if the aircraft is ever repainted or progress if being restored)
Photo of serial number (required unless there is not one or it is a replica)
Photo(s) of any artwork on the aircraft (optional but interesting)

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