If ever there was an aircraft of immense interest whose exploits have gone, for the most part,
unrecorded and unnoticed, it must surely be the DeHavilland Canada Otter.
The DHC-3 Otter first flew in December 1951 and ever since it has faithfully served its operators, both civil and military, mostly in remote parts of the world. Despite its many achievements and the great amount of important work it has performed over the years, and continues to perform, only a very limited amount has been written about it. Karl Hayes made a commendable effort to correct this and I can recommend this CD to anyone interested in bushplanes and/or the DHC-3 in particular.
The Otter was heavily involved in the Antarctic exploration programme of the late 1950s
and early 1960s, but writings on this topic usually concentrate on other types of aircraft that
were involved. It made a huge contribution in many outback parts of the world to their
development. In US Army service it was instrumental in mapping and survey work in the
Americas, from Alaska all the way south to Chile, and also in northern Africa and yet these
roles are largely unknown. In Vietnam it saw ten years of combat service and yet books on
the South East Asian conflict either ignore the Otter completely or mention it only in
This CD addresses these shortcomings, and pays adequate tribute to the
history and work of the Otter, recording it for posterity.
Information on developments on the
Otters still flying would also be appreciated. It is also hoped to issue periodic updates, and
anyone sending in any information, either current or historic, will be sent copies of such
This CD has been prepared not as a commercial undertaking with a view to profit, but so that all the fascinating information which has been collected can be shared with those many people who are also interested in the Otter. It would have been nice to publish a book on the subject, but with some 900 pages of text, such an undertaking would have cost a fortune and would not have been feasible...
CD-ROM Update: 01Jan2008
This update brings the situation up to 1 January 2008. It includes a listing of all Otters currently in service and their engine type.
Courtesy of Aad van der Voet - Old Wings