You know what itâ€™s like. You look in the closet, and see that well-worn leather jacket hanging there. It keeps you warm, you know it makes you look good, but itâ€™s showing its age. The zipper might not work so well or a pocket lining might be a bit torn. You take care of it – itâ€™s been repaired and cleaned many times. Youâ€™ve been thinking about getting a new one, but you canâ€™t find one anywhere, because styles and materials have changed over the years. Â So you keep wearing it and wearing it and wearing it.
AvGeeks know that there are a few airplanes that are like that. Love â€˜em, canâ€™t replace â€˜em! Â The venerable Douglas DC-3 is one. Never duplicated, and still flying with airlines like Buffalo Airways of â€œIce Pilots NWTâ€ fame, even though the last DC-3 rolled off the assembly line in 1947.
The deHavilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter is another. Amazing Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) capability, twin bulletproof Pratt & Whitney Canada turboprops, decent cruise speed, has 19 seats, or it can carry a whack of cargo. The final Series 300 â€œTwotterâ€ was produced in 1988 at the DHC plant in Toronto.Â Over 800 Twin Otters were produced, and 600 are still flying on land, sea and snow, from pole-to-pole and on every continent. An amazing statistic. Operators said that the only thing that can replace an old Twin Otter is a NEW Twin Otter. But new onesÂ weren’tÂ available, so operators kept flying them and flying them and flying them.