DHC-6 Twin Otter

The de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter was one of the very first types of aircraft I travelled on, and is still the smallest one. Even the Do-228 has a considerably higher MTOW, though their capacity is equal at 19 passengers in the relevant configurations.

Widerøe Twin Otter at Leknes in 1992
Widerøe Twin Otter at Leknes in 1992 (Photo Felix Götting / Wikimedia Commons / GFDL-1.2)

Twin Otters, mainly operated by Widerøe (WF), were the backbone of operations on Norway’s extensive network of short-field airports for decades, providing a means of transportation between towns and villages and major airports where long distances and complicated topography makes rail or road transportation impractical.

Widerøe, which at one point was the world’s largest Twin Otter operator, introduced the aircraft in 1968, and retired their last one in 2000.