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De Havilland Beaver AL Mk1

De Havilland Beaver AL Mk1

The Canadian built de Havilland Beaver AL Mk1 entered service in 1961 to undertake the medium range requirement for communications flying. A former Director of Operations during the Borneo campaign stated that the Beaver was one of the best investments the British Army ever made because of its reliability and cost effectiveness. This statement was borne out when the type became the Army's primary surveillance platform in Northern Ireland and helped avert many terrorist initiatives.

De Havilland Beaver AL MK1 Specification
Engine:    Pratt and Whitney Wasp Junior
Speed:  173kts (320kph) max, 110kts (204kph) cruise
Endurance:  Three hours - 76 gallon (345 litre) fuel tank
Maximum All Up Weight  5100lbs (2313kg)
Display Weight:  2887lbs (1310kg)
Dimensions: Length 40ft (12.19m) Wing Span 34ft (10.36m)
Capacity: Pilot plus four

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