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The first flight of a Dash 7

The first flight of a Dash 7

The first flight of a Dash 7


Originally shared by This Day in Canada

On this day in 1975 the first flight of the de Havilland Canada Dash 7 airliner was made at Malton ON. The DHC7 was designed as a STOL (short takeoff and landing) 50 seat regional airliner capable of operating from strips as short as 915m in length. The first production Dash 7 flew on March 3 1977, and the plane entered service with Rocky Mountain Airways on February 3 1978. Production of the Dash 7 ended in 1988, after Boeing’s takeover of de Havilland Canada. Of the 113 manufactured 47 remain in active service.

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