Immortal Beaver: The World's Greatest Bush Plane by Sean RossiterImmortal Beaver: The World's Greatest Bush Plane by Sean Rossiter

Immortal Beaver: The World's Greatest Bush Plane

bySean Rossiter

Paperback | March 1, 1999

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Developed soon after World War II, in the heady days when the Canadian aircraft industry sought to employ its engineering talent and production capacity to build domestically designed aircraft, the de Havilland Beaver has become one of the most successful and long-lived designs in aviation history. Phil Garratt, the man in charge of de Havilland Canada, conceived the Beaver as a 'half-ton flying pickup truck' capable of setting down on land, water and snow. The Beaver was adopted worldwide, and in certain jobs it has yet to be surpassed.

Beavers are still the floatplane of choice for island hopping along the Pacific Northwest coast and for flying into the Arctic. Beavers still fly missionaries and doctors into remote spots in Africa, and they have served as support aircraft in Antarctic expeditions. The Beaver became 'the generals' Jeep' during the Korean War -- and the generals' favourite transport to fishing spots in peacetime.

This colourful retelling of the Beaver saga also captures the unforgettable characters behind the airplane: Garratt; chief design engineer Jaki Jakimiuk; Fred Buller and Dick Hiscocks, who made the new bush plane great; the dean of bush pilots, Punch Dickins; and the Beaver's daring test pilots, Russ Bannock and George Neal.

Sean Rossiter's hockey idol growing up was Glenn Hall, the original butterfly goaltender. He is the author of a dozen books, including The Immortal Beaver: The World's Greatest Bush Plane and The Chosen Ones: Test Pilots in Action and has written extensively about hockey, including nine Hockey the NHL Way books. He lives in Vancouver, ...
Title:Immortal Beaver: The World's Greatest Bush PlaneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.8 × 8.4 × 0.6 inPublished:March 1, 1999Publisher:Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1550547240

ISBN - 13:9781550547245

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The problem with being the best When I was working in Test Flight at de Havilland Canada during the 1960's, an American engineer succinctly summed up the major problem with the Beaver. "It's the best bush plane in the world," he explained. Now, Canadians are not used to be told by Americans that they have the best products in the world, or there's a problem with being best. As the best bush plane in the world, the Beaver cost considerably more than other planes that could carry the same load. Northern shippers don't care if supplies are flown in the world's best bush plane -- they are interested in the cost of delivering material safely and on time. Second, Beavers never wear out. How do you sell more Beavers if the old ones don't wear out? This is an incredible story about the excellence that often typifies Canada, how this magnificent aircraft was created, and the result. It's worth remembering the competition is often from the United States -- based on price, not quality. It's why Wal-Mart succeeds, and Eaton's failed; and, it's what happened to the Beaver -- an aircraft that truly deserves its "immortal" title. In this case, the best is sometimes less than practical.
Date published: 2000-05-26