Today’s Top Aircraft For Sale Pick: 1954 de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver Mk I

More than 50 years after production ceased, the Beaver is still widely considered the king of bush aircraft.

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The de Havilland Beaver is a truly iconic aircraft, known for a blend of power, load-carrying capability, short-field performance, and ruggedness that has made it the go-to vehicle for generations of bush pilots, especially those who regularly delivered supplies across Canada, Alaska, the arctic, deserts, and other remote areas.

The design got its start during the 1940s and quickly became a singular success. There are many other bush airplanes but none quite like the Beaver, which has become a staple of popular culture, appearing in numerous movies, television shows, and advertising campaigns.

This Beaver has 20,205 hours on the airframe, 400 hours on its Pratt & Whitney R-985 AN14B engine, and 270 on the Hartzell three-blade propeller. It is rare to see a Beaver without floats, and this one comes with Wipline 6000 amphibious floats with a gear advisory system to keep pilots from landing on water with the wheels down or on land with them up. 

The airplane for sale here looks sharp in its original paint and received a new interior last year. The panel features a Bendix/King KX155 nav/com, Apollo GX55 GPS, Bendix KY 96A com, and Garmin 345 audio panel. 

If you are ready to commit yourself to bush flying and adventurous travel plans involving destinations where water is the only runway, it might be time for this Beaver, which is available for $549,000 on AircraftForSale.

You can arrange financing of the aircraft through FLYING Financial Group. For more information, email

Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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