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de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter - Canada, 1953

Detailing the development and operational history of the de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter Floatplane Aircraft.

 Entry last updated on 6/20/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ¬©

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

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de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter Specifications

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

Structural (Crew, Dimensions, Weights)

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

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

Power / Performance (Engine Type, Top Speed)

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

Maximum Speed: 139 knots (160 mph; 257 kph)
Maximum Range: 821 nautical miles (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, Users)

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

DHC-3 - Base Series Designation
DHC-3-T "Turbo-Otter"