History of our DHC-2 DeHavilland Beaver

Our aircraft is the airplane considered by many to be the finest “bush” aircraft ever built – the DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver. The Beaver was designed with input from many of Canada and Alaska’s great bush pilots, resulting in a sturdy and reliable aircraft that can carry up to 1,200 lbs on floats, and take off and land in surprisingly little room. Ask any pilot you know about the Beaver, and watch their eyes light up as they try to explain about the unique engine noise of the 450 hp Wasp Jr. radial engine. Better yet, watch the envy on their face when you tell them you are going to take a ride in one on your Alaskan adventure!

Pratt & Whitney Wasp Jr. R-985 (A/N-14B) 

Our DHC-2 DeHavilland Beaver on floats features a Wasp Jr. Engine.  The Wasp Jr. is one of the most successful reciprocating engines ever built. Pratt & Whitney introduced it as a complement to the highly successful Wasp and Hornet families of engines in 1930. The Wasp Jr. was essentially a Wasp of reduced dimensions. Pratt & Whitney and its licensees manufactured over 39,000 versions of the R-985 until 1953 for a wide variety of military and commercial aircraft, including light transports, trainers, sport aircraft, and helicopters.

  • Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
  • Date: 1942
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Dimensions: 117.5 x 117.5 x 109.4 cm (46.25 x 46.25 x 43.06 in.)
  • Materials: Overall – aluminum and steel.
  • Physical Description:
    • Type: Radial, 9 cylinders, air cooled
    • Power rating: 336 kW (450 hp) at 2,300 rpm
    • Displacement: 16.1 L (985 cu in)
    • Weight: 309 kg (682 lb)
    • Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney Aircraft