Immortal Beaver: The Worlds Greatest Bush Plane

Paperback | March 1, 1999

bySean Rossiter

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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.

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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...

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, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.8 × 8.4 × 0.6 inPublished:March 1, 1999Publisher:Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1550547240

ISBN - 13:9781550547245

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