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Post WW2: de Havilland DHC-4 Caribou

While the Caribou initially flew in 1958, the ruggedness and the usefulness of their design has enabled the RAAF to continue to operate 14 examples of the type today. Designed as a specialist STOL (short take-off and landing) aircraft the DHC-4 (known as the CV-2 and CV-7 by the US military) initially served in the Vietnam War.

 

159 examples of the type were operated by the US Army, and by 1961 the Caribou was flying transport and cargo missions in Vietnam some five months before there was a significant deployment of US military helicopters in the region.

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RAAF Caribou A4-173 at an Australian air show in the '90s.Photo: Nick Sayer from Queensland Air Museum

The aircraft could carry up to 32 troops or two jeeps (or similar light vehicles), and the rear loading ramp enabled the aircraft to be used for air-to-ground re-supply missions.

The RAAF Caribou aircraft used to perform both troop and cargo transport functions and the type provide the capability to operate from short airfields with rough or soft surfaces.

 


Video with several aircraft sequences including the RAAF Caribou.

 


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