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De Havilland Canada

Established in 1928 at De Lesseps Field, Toronto before relocating to Downsview, Ontario to build the De Havilland DH60 Moth for the training of Canadian airmen.

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada

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De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited was established in 1928 at De Lesseps Field in Toronto before relocating to Downsview a year later to build De Havilland Moth aircraft for the training of Canadian airmen.  Over 1,700 of the 7,000 Tiger Moths produced were built in Canada, the majority being the DH82C closed cockpit version.
During World War II De Havilland Aircraft of Canada produced DH Mosquitos, one of the fastest aircraft of the war at 425mph. Some 1,134 aircraft were built in Canada and although a number were lost during transportation, over 500 were delivered to the UK.
During World War II some 1,134 DH Mosquitos were Canadian built at Downsview although a number were lost during the passage across the Atlantic.

De Havilland Canada HeadquartersDe Havilland Aircraft of Canada at Downsview, Toronto

After the war the company began designing and building indigenous aircraft best suited to the harsh Canadian environment.  The first true De Havilland Canada type was the DHC1 Chipmunk which was selected as the standard primary trainer for the RAF and is still a favourite amongst pilots today.

A number of aircraft designed specifically for Canadian Operators followed such as the Beaver, Otter and Caribou, the latter being a tactical transport aircraft for the US and Canadian Army.

NewThe 2-seater DHC1 Chipmunk soon became the primary trainer for both the Canadian and British Air Forces

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada became part of the Hawker Siddeley Group during the take-over of the parent De Havilland Aircraft Company in 1959 and after a short period they were eventually merged with Avro Canada although the De Havilland Canada name continued.

In the 1970’s De Havilland Aircraft of Canada turned its focus to commercial feeder-liners with short take-off and landing (STOL) capabilities in areas of strict noise limits. Many DHC-7 Dash 7 and DHC-8 Dash 8 aircraft are still in operation around the world today.

In 1980, the Canadian Government forced the privatisation of De Havilland Aircraft of Canada and in 1986 sold the company to Boeing although it is now in the ownership of Bombardier Aerospace.


1927 De Havilland Aircraft Limited
1928 De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd                                                        
1980 Canadian Government


 1946 DHC-1 Chipmunk  1964 DHC-5 Buffalo                                       
 1947 DHC-2 Beaver / DHC-2T Turbo Beaver  1965 DHC-6 Twin Otter
 1951 DHC-3 Otter  1975 DHC-7 Dash 7
 1958 DHC-4 Caribou  1983 DHC-8 Dash 8