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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 200
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Series 200 *


• Registration • Activity and details of Owner/Operator and other historical information

• T-85 de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out 30-Sep-1968. First flight 29-Nov-1968.

Delivered in complete red high visibility colour scheme as the aircraft was intended for Antarctic service.

• T-85 Argentine Air Force / Fuerza Aérea Argentina. Tandil AB, Special Task Squadron. Delivered 21-Dec-1968. Assigned to the Antarctic base Matienzo, 1969.

Note: Completed the first crossing of the Drake Passage to Antarctica 14-Apr-1969.

Note: Later based at Comodoro Rivadavia Air Base, with the II Transport Squadron serving LADE 1971.Later it passes to VII Transport Squadron of the IX Air Brigade.

Note: Later assigned to the Marambio Antarctic base.

Note: Seen Portland, OR., Apr-2004 moving southbound. Perhaps returning from refurbishment at Viking.

Note: The aircraft was completely inspected, refurbished and overhauled by Viking Aircraft in Victoria, BC. It received a major “D” check, installation of Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27 engines and Hartzell 3 blade props, complete paint, flight testing and certification to return the aircraft to service. It effectively became a *DHC-6-350.

Note: Left Viking facilities Apr-2010.

• Current •

T-85 at Downsview - CYZD, Ontario.
T-85 at an Antarctic location.
Photo: DHC © date unknown - Michael J. Ody Collection
T-85 with Killer Whale nose art.
Photo: Unknown photographer © date unknown - Michael J. Ody Collection
T-85 a number of years later.
Photo: Anthony J. Hickey © February 1995 - Michael J. Ody Collection
T-85 gets a send off at Viking facilities, Victoria - CYYJ, British Columbia.
Photos: Matt Salkeld © April 2010 - Aird Archives