By Sea or By Plane
Dry Tortugas National Park Florida
During my many adventures in Dry Tortugas, which is west of Key West, I’ve always been captivated by the sight of the sea-planes that come and go throughout the day on the main island. The tough Alaskan bush-flying DHC-3 Otter model was built in Canada by de Havilland in the 1950s and 60s. These two planes have 750 horsepower Pratt and Whitney turbine engines, carry 10 people each, cruise at 130 knots, and most importantly, a perfect 30 year safety record bringing people back and forth to Dry Tortugas. Because I’m always camping on the island, and need to bring heavy gear and kayaks, I’ve only ever traveled to the island by boat. One day I’ll ride on the sea-plane!