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6/20/1983: Maiden Flight of the Venerable Dash 8

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, The prototype de Havilland Canada (DHC), Dash 8-100 (C-GDNK), operated its maiden flight in 1983.

Development of the type began in the 1970s. After market research, DHC envisaged considerable demand for a new 30 to 40-seat commuter airliner, replacing types such as the Fokker F27 Friendship and its own Dash 7.

The fourth DHC-8 Dash 8-100 prototype (C-GGPJ) is seen at the Farnborough Air Show. Photo: BAe Systems.

Fuel Efficiency

Building on the success of the Dash 7, DHC used the same basic layout as its predecessor but with two, rather than four, turboprop engines.

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Source:: “Airways Magazine”

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