Whether in the snow, desert, jungle, on the water or even at just any regular airport, de Havilland Canada's legendary transport aircraft have lived incredible lives. No other aircraft manufacturer can claim to have seen its products fulfilling so many roles in so many wild and wonderful places. The iconic, go-anywhere Beaver may appear to have little in common with the muscular Buffalo or the sophisticated Dash 8, but they all share the rugged fit-for-purpose design, engineering excellence and longevity that have embraced the entire product line. Many of the Beavers and Otters flying commercially today are well over 60 years old. This book provides a select history of these great aircraft, and recounts what many of them have been up to around the world - from London City Airport to forest clearings in Vanuatu, from glaciers in the Alaska Range to 'extreme' airports in the Caribbean, these aircraft have been everywhere. Illustrated with over 220 photographs, most of which have never been published before, this book is packed with stories, anecdotes, facts and figures, showcasing de Havilland Canada and its remarkable aircraft.
About the author
CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY's career has included time working for an airline in Martinique, French West Indies, commercial and management positions with de Havilland Canada in Toronto, and senior management positions with Airbus in Toulouse. He has served as a director on the boards of several companies, including Nordic Aviation Capital in Denmark, Emerald Airlines in Ireland, and Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) in Germany. Passionate about anything aeronautical for as long as he can remember, Buckley has written some 25 feature articles for Propliner magazine, often about his many adventures in old propeller-driven airliners that are still flying in remote parts of the world. His book Soviet-Era Airliners was published in 2021. In 2019, he was honored by the French government when he was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite for services to France.