De Havilland U-6A Beaver
The U-6A (known as the L-20A until
1962), was manufactured by DeHavilland Aircraft of Canada, Ltd. Between
1952 and 1960, nearly 1,000 were delivered to the U.S. armed services.
Most were used by the U.S. Army, but more than 200 U-6As went into the
USAF inventory and were flown in utility transport and liaison roles.
The principal mission of the USAF U-6A
was aerial evacuation of litter and ambulatory patients. Other missions
included courier service, passenger transport, light cargo hauling,
reconnaissance, rescue, and aerial photography. The U-6A saw USAF service
in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Span: 48 ft.
Length: 30 ft. 4 in.
Height: 10 ft. 5 in.
Weight: 5,100 lbs. loaded
Armament: None (provisions for two racks under each wing capable of
carrying one 250 lb. bomb or chemical tank on each rack)
Engine: One Pratt & Whitney R-985 of 450 hp.
Serial Number: 51-16501
Other Registrations: N9239
Maximum speed: 163 mph.
Cruising speed: 120 mph.
Range: 455 miles
Service Ceiling: 20,000 ft.