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de Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo - Canada, 1965

Detailing the development and operational history of the de Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo Multirole Utility Aircraft.

 Entry last updated on 8/1/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ¬©

de Havilland Canada built just over 120 DHC-5 Buffalo utility platforms from 1965 to 1974.

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de Havilland Canada DHC-5D Buffalo Specifications

Service Year: 1965
Type: Multirole Utility Aircraft
National Origin: Canada
Manufacturer(s): de Havilland Canada - Canada
Total Production: 122

Structural (Crew, Dimensions, Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 3
Overall Length: 78.74 feet (24 meters)
Overall Width: 96.00 feet (29.26 meters)
Overall Height: 28.64 feet (8.73 meters)

Weight (Empty): 25,133 lb (11,400 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 49,163 lb (22,300 kg)

Power / Performance (Engine Type, Top Speed)

Engine: 2 x General Electric CT64-820-4 turboprop engines developing 3,133 horsepower each.

Maximum Speed: 252 knots (290 mph; 467 kph)
Maximum Range: 600 nautical miles (691 miles; 1,112 km)
Service Ceiling: 31,004 feet (9,450 meters; 5.87 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 2,330 feet-per-minute (710 m/min)

Armament / Mission Payload


Global Operators (Customers, Users)

Brazil; Cameroon; Canada; Chile; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Ecuador; Egypt; Ethiopia; Indonesia; Kenya; Mauritania; Mexico; Oman; Peru; Sudan; Tanzania; Togo; United Arab Emirates; United States; Zaire; Zambia

Model Variants

DHC-5 "Buffalo" - Base series designation and original production models.
DHC-5A - Brazilian/Canadian/Peruvian air force transports.
DHC-5B - Proposed variant fitting 2 x GE CT64-P5C turboprop engines.
DHC-5C - Proposed variant fitting 2 x Rolls-Royce Dar RDa.12 turboprop engines.
DHC-5D - Improved DHC-5A; fitted with 2 x GE CT64-820-4 turboprop engines of 3,133 horsepower each.
DHC-5E "Transporter" - Civilian Market Variant
C-8A - Wing Research Testbed for NASA
Viking DHC-5NG Buffalo ("Next Generation") - Proposed modernized form by Viking Air.
CC-115 - Canadian Air Force Designation for DHC-5A; 15 delivered.
AC-2 - United States Army evaluation aircraft designation.
CV-7A - US Army redesignation of AC-2 aircraft
C-8A - US Air Force designation of CV-7A aircraft (4) delivered from Army.