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.
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”