A Cape Town Castle Military Museum tagged image from photographer – Gord McKenna as published on Flickr.
DeHavilland Canada DHC-2 (U-6A) Beaver 2011
Image by Gord McKenna
Castle Air Force Base, near Merced, California. What a great place to visit.
"When the closure of Castle Air Force Base was announced in 1994, a group of dedicated enthusiasts in the Atwater-Merced area formed a non-profit organization called the Castle Air Museum Foundation, Inc. Their purpose was to assume custody of the collection of aircraft. It was their dream to build a museum in which faithfully restored historic aircraft could be exhibited for public enjoyment.
Castle Air Museum represents history in a way the whole family can share with our awe-inspiring majestic warbirds. To stand under the wing of the Convair RB-36H Peacemaker or the Boeing B-52, you can imagine the sky around the bombers filled with enemy fighters."
Originally designed as a utility aircraft for service in Canada’s rugged north, this plane was valued by both the U. S. Army and Air Force. Some 980 were purchased by the U.S as L-20s. It could be fitted with skis or with floats and was used for observation and light transport duties. Though not very fast (163 mph maximum), they were quick to get off the ground. A fully loaded L-20 could clear a 50 ft. obstacle while using only 1200 feet of runway. It could carry 7 passengers or up to 1,500 lbs of cargo.
Of the first 100 Beavers built by DeHavilland Canada beginning in 1948, only 18 were sold to the United States and abroad, the remainder going to the hungry Canadian market. Of the second 100, 65 were exports and two new offices sprang up to deal with the US military commitment to the L-20 Beaver, which was the first time since the Second World War that the American military had accepted delivery of foreign-made military Aircraft. Although designed as a triphibious bush plane for the Canadian wilderness it was soon dubbed the "flying jeep" by the US military for its outstanding multi-purpose abilities during the Korean War.
The Beaver was redesignated as U-6 in the uniform military aircraft designation of 1962
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