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de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou


Tactical Transport Aircraft


Canada | 1959



"The United States military was the primary user of the Canadian Caribou aircraft - which went on to serve with distinction in the Vietnam War."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the de Havilland Canada DHC-4A Caribou Tactical Transport Aircraft.
2 x Pratt & Whitney R-2000-7M2 14-cylinder twin row radial piston engines developing 1,450 shp.
Propulsion
216 mph
347 kph | 187 kts
Max Speed
24,800 ft
7,559 m | 5 miles
Service Ceiling
1,308 miles
2,105 km | 1,137 nm
Operational Range
1,355 ft/min
413 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the de Havilland Canada DHC-4A Caribou Tactical Transport Aircraft.
3 + 32
(MANNED)
Crew
72.6 ft
22.13 m
O/A Length
95.6 ft
(29.15 m)
O/A Width
31.8 ft
(9.68 m)
O/A Height
18,283 lb
(8,293 kg)
Empty Weight
31,295 lb
(14,195 kg)
MTOW
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou family line.
YAC-1 - US Army Evaluation Model Designation of which 5 examples were ordered.
AC-1A - Initial Production Model Designation later changed to CV-2B, then to C-7A.
CV-2B - US Army Series Designation
C-7A - US Air Force Series Designation
DHC-4A - Australian Base Model Series Designation.


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The Caribou series proved to be such an effective battlefield transport aircraft that more than a few were pressed into service as captured C-7's in the hands of the North Vietnamese. The type continues to serve in limited numbers and was seen in action as recent as 2000 with Australian forces in East Timor. By 1973, the Caribou series would see over 300 examples produced.

The Caribou was a twin-engine design undertaken by de Havilland Canada as a private project with hopes of enticing the military forces of both Canada and the United States of America. The initial design was designated as the DHC-4 and was engineered with short take-off and landing (STOL) capabilities in mind and was a naturally rugged design to boot, making most enticing to the United States Army, which went on to order five evaluation models as the YAC-1. From there, the Caribou emerged as a production model in the AC-1 series which would later become the CV-2. By the time the United States Air Force took over control of the Caribou aircraft in early 1967, the designation was changed once again to the more identifiable C-7 series.

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At its core, the Caribou was powered by two Pratt & Whitney brand engines generating 1,450shp (DHC-4). Engines were mounted on a high-wing / straight-wing monoplane assembly allowing for optimal ground clearance around the fuselage and especially the three-bladed propeller systems. A large cargo hold door was mounted to the rear part of the main fuselage with the single-rudder tail assembly extending past and over the loading area door. Hold capabilities were very generous and could allow for the transport of 32 troops, 22 medevac litters, 2 vehicles or up to 4 tons of cargo in the form of equipment, supplies or artillery systems.

In the end, the United States became the largest operator of the Caribou system in operation with both the United States Army and the United States Air Force. Australia also operated (and in some cases continues to do so) the type along with Canada, Spain, Columbia and India among others. The system proved quite capable in the rugged Vietnamese battlefront and was a highly prized vehicle for having the ability to land on short airstrips to deliver supplies / manpower and retrieve the wounded.

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Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 307 Units

Contractor(s): de Havilland Aircraft of Canada, LTD - Canada
National flag of Australia National flag of Canada National flag of India National flag of Malaysia National flag of Spain National flag of Tanzania National flag of the United States National flag of Vietnam

[ Australia; Costa Rica; Liberia; Malaysia; Canada; Columbia; India; Spain; Tanzania; North Vietnam; United States ]
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