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de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou

In 1956, de Havilland Canada began work to develop a DC-3 size aircraft with the STOL capabilites of the Beaver.  The prototype DHC-4 Caribou first flew in 1958.  The Royal Canadian Air Force designated its Caribous the CC-108.

The U.S. Army began purchasing the DHC-4 in 1961 for tactical airlift to forward battle areas.  The Army first designated the Caribou the AC-1 then changed the designation to CV-2 in 1962.  The Air Force assumed responsibility for all fixed-wing tactical aircraft in 1967 and again redesignated the Caribou...this time as the C-7.  The Caribou saw action during the Vietnam conflict.

Production ended in 1973 after over 300 were built.

Specifications (C-7A)





Type: Transport
Engine: two 1,450 hp (1081 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-2000-7M2 Twin Wasp radial engines
DHC-4: Company model number
CC-108: RCAF designation
AC-1: U.S. Army transport designation (prior to 1962)
CV-2: U.S. Army transport designation (1962-1967)
C-7: U.S. Air Force transport designation (after 1967)

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