A95 DHC-2 Beaver
The RAAF took delivery of five Beavers between July 1955 and November 1961. All were used primarily by the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition and were operated by the RAAF Antarctic Flight from skis. However, A95-4 operated with No 1 Air Trials Unit at the Woomera rocket range for two years before being shipped to Antarctica.
Blizzards took a heavy toll with A95-201 and 203 suffering major damage in a storm in December 1959, while 204 was destroyed a year later. The Beavers service ended with the disbandment of the Antarctic Flight in November 1964.
TECHNICAL DATA: de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver
Seven-seat utility transport
One 450 hp Pratt & Whitney Wasp Junior engine
Empty 1293 kg (2850 lb); loaded 2313 kg (5100 lb). D
Wingspan 14.63 m (48 ft 0 in); Length 9.24 m (30 ft 4 in); Height 2.74 m (9 ft 0 in).
Max speed 236 km/h (127 kt); Cruise 201 km/h (109 kt); Ceiling 18,000 ft (5486 m); Range 1252 km (676 nm).