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It’s early morning. The lake is still, a mirror, making it difficult to distinguish the water’s edge from the sky’s beginning. It’s quiet. The lakes inhabitants haven’t woken yet. Just then there’s a subtle rumble that breaks the silence. Then, another rumble and the pistons fire as I watch the dock hands turn a de Havilland Beaver seaplane away from the dock by its tail. The engine sputters to life as a puff of exhaust and a swift gust smelling of jet fuel races by my face. I watch in awe as the seaplane taxis out from the base preparing for takeoff. Within minutes, the float rudders rise from the water’s surface. The plane leans back and roars to attention. Slowly gaining speed, the beautiful aircraft cuts a trail across the waters surface climbing as it crosses the lake. The full throttle roar echoes throughout the surrounding wilderness as the de Havilland beaver climbs up and over the tree line on its way to a remote lake not accessible by car.

For 40 years I have grown up watching the de Havilland Beaver in action in Southern Ontario, Canada. For years, I searched model shops and magazines looking for the seaplanes I love. My search came up empty-handed.

Then, four years ago, I found a plastic manufacturer that would make the de Havilland Beaver seaplane model. It occurred to me that other individuals might share the same passion and intrigue about this seaplane as I do. So, in July, 2007, I created DeHavilland Dreams, Inc, a company that sells de Havilland Beaver (DHC-2) model airplanes.

In 2011, we expanded our product offering by adding an entire screen printing operation in-house, allowing us to design and print custom floatplane apparel (tees, thermals and hoodies). By early 2015, we had improved our skills and decided it was time to upgrade the product. We partnered with top apparel brands J. America and Bella to offer the most premium and stylish apparel on the market - bar none!

Today, DeHavilland Dreams has evolved to become a premier outfitter for not only the 1:24th scale De Havilland Beaver floatplane model, but floatplane toys, model airplanes, accessories, tees, thermals, hoodies and caps.    

Celebrate the legacy! We look forward to earning your trusted business one order at a time.

– Christopher Busch
  Owner

 

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