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deHavilland CC-132 DASH 7

The Dash 7 was a Canadian designed and built four-engine, medium-range transport aircraft. It was designed to take advantage of De Havilland's STOL expertise. Despite being four-engine, the design was known to be very quiet and it successfully incorporated specific design enhancements to achieve this goal.

Two Dash 7 aircraft were acquired for the Canadian Air Mobility Tasking in NATO - moving personnel and paraphernalia around Europe. The aircraft were purchased with quick-change interiors allowing for the interchange of passengers and freight. In this role the aircraft replaced two aging CC-109 Cosmopolitan transports. During the draw down of Canadian Forces in Europe, the Dash 7 aircraft were themselves subsequently replaced by more economical Dash 8 transports.

aircraft specifications
CDN Reg: CC-132
Manufacturer: deHavilland Canada; designed and built
Crew / Passengers: two pilots & up to 50 passengers + 2 crew
Power Plant(s): four 1,120 shp Pratt & Whitney PT-6A-50 turboprop engines
Performance: Max Speed: 268 mph (431 km/h) Cruising Speed: 263 mph (421 km/h) Service Ceiling: 20,400 ft (6,222 m) Range: 1,355 mi (2,180 km)
Weights: Empty: 27,350 lb (12,406 kg) Gross: 44,000 lb (19,958 kg)
Dimensions: Span: 93 ft 0 in (28.35 m) Length: 80 ft 8 in (24.58 m) Height: 26 ft 2 in (7.98 m) Wing Area: 860 sq ft (79.9 sq m)
Armament: None
View of the CF version of the Dash 7 (Photo Credit Unknown)

deHavilland Dash 7

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