De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter

Not many other airplanes have this image of being robust and many-sided like the DHC-6 Twin Otter. Whether with tyres serving little airfields, on floats as taxi planes on the Maledives or with skids for destinations on lonesome glaciers of Alaska- the Twin Otter is used all over the world.

The Twin Otter was developed in the Sixties. Up to 20 passengers can be transported through the air with up to 340kph. There are two Pratt&Whitney PT6 propellers. The first flight of the with the DHC-3 Otter only far related de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter was on May 20th 1965. A characteristic feature of the first version -100 is the short nose. From version -200 on, it was stretched to enlarge the baggage hold. The most successful edition was the -300. It got a higher take off weight as well as more powerful props type PT&A-27. Some Twin Otters were modified for sightseeing flights during time and have bigger windows.

In 1988 the production was stopped after 844 Twin Otters, but in many areas of the world the Twin Otter is still a very important aircraft and will fly on still for a long time.

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