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De Havilland Canada
DHC-4 Caribou

A successful military STOL transport with paradrop and rear loading ramp capabilities.

De Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou CF-LAN-X An air-to-air photograph of the 2nd prototype DHC-4 Caribou CF-LAN-X.
The DHC-4 Caribou was designed to provide military operators with a twin-engine STOL cargo transport aircraft with greater capacity than the Otter. The type also offered a rear loading capability.
The prototype DHC-4 Caribou (CF-KTK-X) was flown for the first time on 30th July 1958.
Like the Otter, it is a rugged short take-off and landing (STOL) aircraft which is ideally suited for operations from unprepared airfields. It has a capacity of up to 32 troops or some 8,000 lb payload.
De Havilland DHC-4 Caribou HC-AVY DHC-4 Caribou HC-AVY at Hurn in 1973 with Airwork for preparation for delivery to Sultan of Oman Air Force.
Power is provided by two 1,450hp Pratt and Whitney Twin Wasp radial engines. 307 were built, finding a ready market with a number of military users.
Significant users included the US Army / USAF (159 CV-2 / C-7), Australia (31 aircraft serving until 2009), Spain (35 aircraft), India (20 + 4 ex-Ghana); Canada (9); Ghana (8); Kenya (6). A smaller number of aircraft were delivered for commercial operations world-wide. In 1966, the US Army relinquished its Caribou fleet to the US Air Force in exchange for the removal of controls on its use of rotary wing aircraft (helicopters).
Some DHC-4 Caribou aircraft were captured by the North Vietnamese and stayed in service with that country well into the 1970's.  Following the end of the Vietnam War, the majority of the Air Force fleet were replaced by C-130 Hercules.  The final DHC-4 Caribou was eventually retired from USAF service as late as 1985 were it had been serving as the jump-platform for the US Army Golden Kights Parachute Display Team.
The last aircraft in military service was Caribou (A4-140) in Australia which was eventually demobbed in November 2009.  Some 32 nations around the world employed the aircraft in military roles.
Some aircraft have now been modified to turboprop power (two PWC PT6A-67T) by Pen Turbo Aviation and remain active in civilian and commercial hands.
It is though that only 3 aircraft remain airworthy with a huge number remaining on display in museums around the world (see list below).
De Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou A4-210 De Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou A4-210 flying at Albion Park, NSW in May 2017.


Powerplant Two 1,450 hp Pratt & Whitney R-2000 Twin Wasp radial piston engines
Span 95 ft 7.5 in
Maximum Weight 28,500 lb
Capacity Two crew and up to 32 troops
Maximum Speed 216 mph
Cruise Speed 181 mph
Range 600 miles with 7,200 lb payload, 200 miles with 8,600 lb payload.


YAC-1              Five DHC-4 Caribou, for evaluation by the US Army
AC-1 / CV-2A 56 DHC-4 produced for US Army, redesignated CV-2A in 1962
CV-2B 103 additional aircraft supplied to US Army
C-7A/B Redesignation of the 144 aircraft transferred from US Army to USAF
CC-108 RCAF designation of the DHC-4 Caribou
DHC-4A Developed version of DHC-4 with increased take-off weight
DHC-4T Designation of turboprop conversions by Pen Turbo Aviation


A4-210 DHC-4 Historical Aircraft Restoration Society in Albion Park, NSW, Australia

A4-234 DHC-4 Historical Aircraft Restoration Society in Albion Park, NSW, Australia

62-4149 CV-2B Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas

Static Display  
A4-152 DHC-4 RAAF Museum in Point Cook, VIC
A4-173 DHC-4 Queensland Air Museum in Caloundra, QLD
A4-195 DHC-4 Australian Army Flying Museum in Oakey, QLD
A4-199 DHC-4 RAAF Base Townsville in Townsville, QLD
A4-236 DHC-4 RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Center in Amberley, QLD
Costa Rica  
MSP002 DHC-4 Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Liberia, Costa Rica
BM769 DHC-4 Eastern Air Command Headquarters in Shillong, Meghalaya
M21-04 DHC-4A Royal Malaysian Air Force Museum in Sungai Besi, Kuala Lumpur
T.9-9 DHC-4A San Torcuato, La Rioja
T.9-10 DHC-4A Fuenlabrada, Madrid
T.9-23 C-7A Villanubla Air Base in Villanubla, Castile and León
T.9-25 C-7A Museo del Aire in Madrid
United States  
57-3079 YC-7A U.S. Army Transportation Museum at Langley–Eustis near Newport News, Virginia
57-3080 YC-7A United States Army Aviation Museum at Fort Rucker near Daleville, Alabama

57-3083 YC-7A 82nd Airborne Division Museum at Fort Bragg near Fayetteville, North Carolina
60-3767 C-7A Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center near Fairfield, California

62-4188 C-7A New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut
62-4193 C-7A National Museum of the USAF in Dayton, Ohio
63-9756 C-7B Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia

63-9757 C-7B Hill Aerospace Museum at Hill Air Force Base near Ogden, Utah
63-9760 C-7A Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover Air Force Base near Dover, Delaware