De Havilland Dash 7, DHC-7, STOL aircraft designed for efficient transport from city centres. It first flew March 1975 after a long development costing $120 million, four-fifths of which was paid by the federal government. Its outstanding STOL performance comes from highly specialized wings; it can take off in 914 m and seats 54 people. Its turbine engines and slowly revolving propellers make it the world's quietest airliner. It first went into operation in Colorado, later from Yellowknife to northern communities. The CANADIAN COAST GUARD
uses the Dash 7 for monitoring offshore pollution and the 200-mile limit.
Dash 8, Series 100
The de Havilland Dash 8, Series 100 (courtesy de Havilland).