A true jack-of-all-trades the Beaver flew with floats, wheels or skis. It was equipped with a belly camera hatch and could be fitted with canoe racks designed by the Ontario Provincial Air Service. Amongst its many uses were forest patrol, waterbombing, parachute drops, aerial photography, aerial fish stocking, transportation and cargo delivery. Equipped with float-mounted tanks, it could deliver 637 litres of water(140 Imp. gal.) in a waterbomber role.

The name Beaver was consistent with de Havilland's practice of giving their Canadian designs animal names, and like its animal namesake, the Beaver was a hard bush worker. ...

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