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  • de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter Floatplane Aircraft

    Despite its 1950s origins, the DHC-3 series floatplane is still in active service today.

     Updated: 6/20/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

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    de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1953
    Type: Floatplane Aircraft
    National Origin: Canada
    Manufacturer(s): de Havilland Canada - Canada
    Production Total: 466

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 1
    Length: 41.99 feet (12.8 meters)
    Width: 58.04 feet (17.69 meters)
    Height: 12.57 feet (3.83 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 4,431 lb (2,010 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 8,001 lb (3,629 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 1 x Pratt & Whitney R-1340-S1H1-G Wasp 9-cylinder, air-cooled radial piston engine developing 600 horsepower.

    Maximum Speed: 160 mph (257 kph; 139 knots)
    Maximum Range: 944 miles (1,520 km)
    Service Ceiling: 18,799 feet (5,730 meters; 3.56 miles)
    Rate-of-Climb: 850 feet-per-minute (259 m/min)

    Armament / Mission Payload


    Global Operators / Customers

    Argentina; Australia; Bangladesh; Burma; Cambodia; Canada; Chile; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ethiopia; Ghana; India; Indonesia; New Zealand; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Norway; Panama; Paraguay; Philippines; United Kingdom; United States

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    DHC-3 - Base Series Designation

    DHC-3-T "Turbo-Otter"