An old airplane with a new look is bringing the jet age to the back woods.
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Background: An old airplane with a new look is bringing the jet age to the back woods. The DeHavilland Beaver, now has a turbine engine. The most noticeable change is the sharpened nose, replacing the blunt front, and the turbine engine replacing the radial piston engine. The fuselage has been lengthened and the tail section altered slightly. More than one thousand five hundred of the standard Beavers have been sold. The turbine conversion is the first major modification since the aircraft was introduced in 1947. Besides turning out the new Turbo Beavers, DeHavilland is also selling conversion kits consisting of a turbine engine, propellers, and components for airframe modifications. A quick conversion in a light overhaul shop will produce an old airplane that perform like new. The Turbo Beaver takes off in 500 feet with a load of one and a quarter tons.