The de Havilland Dash 7 is a regional turboprop with short take-off and landing (STOL) capabilities. Powered by four Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-50 turboprop engines, it first flew on 27 March 1975.
Designed to get in and out of short airstrips, it could use smaller facilities such as the Avon STOLport in Colorado, Steamboat Springs, Telluride Airport and London City Airport.
de Havilland Dash 7 Video
Following on from the last video about the Dornier 328JET, this week we look at the de Havilland Dash 7. The video below shows Norwegian airline Widerøe demonstrating the STOL capabilities at Sola, Norway in 1987.
Running for just over two minutes, it’s fun to see the plane in action. Reversing backwards down the runway is certainly something you don’t see every day.
It is remarkable to see just how short the landing roll is once the plane touches down. I think the aircraft could get into a parking lot, or just about!
Capable of carrying up to 50 passengers, it entered service on 3 February 1978. Rocky Mountain Airways operated the first services and it even saw service with the military.
Production ran from 1975 to 1988, and in total 113 de Havilland Dash 7 aircraft were produced. As a larger version of the Twin Otter, it ended up being far less successful. In fact, its older sibling continues to be made today.
Today you can fly on the Dash 7 with Air Tindi in Canada and Air Kenya, who have five and two respectively. If you want to fly on one, these are likely your only options.
Have you ever had the experience of flying on board a Dash 7? What was that like? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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Featured image by Steve Fitzgerald on Airliners.net via Wikimedia Commons.