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De Havilland Canada C-7A 'Caribou'

Description
Notes: ALL-WEATHER transport designed for short takeoff and landing in forward battle areas on improved strips. (3 CREW, 6000 LBS CARGO, 31 PASSENGERS, 25 PARATROOPS, OR 20 LITTER PATIENTS) .
  Manufacturer:De Havilland Canada
  Base model:C-7
  Designation:C-7
  Version:A
  Nickname:Caribou
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Transport

Specifications
  Length: 72' 7" 22.1 m
  Height:3' 8" 1.1 m
  Wingspan: 95' 7" 29.1 m
  Wingarea: 912.0 sq ft 84.7 sq m
  Empty Weight: 16,920 lb 7,673 kg
  Gross Weight: 28,500 lb 12,925 kg

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-2000-7M2
  Horsepower (each): 1450

Performance
  Cruise Speed: 181 mph 291 km/h 157 kt
  Max Speed: 216 mph 347 km/h 187 kt
  Climb: 1,575 ft/min 480 m/min
  Ceiling: 24,800 ft 7,558 m

Known serial numbers
29-407 / 29-412

Examples of this type may be found at
MuseumCityState
Museum of AviationWarner Robins AFBGeorgia
New England Air MuseumWindsor LocksConnecticut
Travis Air Force MuseumTravis AFBCalifornia
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio

C-7A on display

Museum of Aviation

New England Air Museum

United States Air Force Museum
  


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Alan Norton-McGonnigal
 , NH
What a bird. While assigned to the 903rd from 1969 to 1970 my primary bird was the C7A out of VTA. But like everyone else I also had many missions in the 123 and 130. Basically, if it flew we used it. Also had some missions with the Aussies out of VTA. No matter how you looked at it, the Bou was one hell of a workhorse.
Alan "Mac" McGonnigal
"Crusty Series' and formerly "Stanley Coaches"
04/12/2013 @ 10:32 [ref: 67732]
 david crawford
 tallmadge,, OH
I served in Vietnam November 68 throught November of 69. I originally was assigned to the 535th Tactical Airlift Squadron at Vung Tau and in January of 69 I was transferred to the 483 Tactical Airlift Wing Headquarters at Cam Ranh Bay.

I flew several times on the C7A Caribou and what a plane. I thought that it was an airplane that was very versitable. My Wing Commander was Colonel Turk, and Colonel Christensen. It sure was a pleasure to serve with them. I had the opportunity to fly with them it was great. I still miss flying the Caribou, and I always think of how great it would be to fly on one today. The 483 TAW had 6 squadrons:

535th & 536th TAS - Vung Tau 457th & 458th TAS - Cam Ranh Bay, & the 537th & 459th TAS - Phu Cat.
10/27/2011 @ 13:22 [ref: 49796]
 Dan Hendrix
 Greer, SC
Flew 22 Aeromedical missions, with 903rd in this aircraft in Vietnam, out of Dak To and Phu Cat. Flew Air Evac missions and rest time air taxi for refugees. Flew Squad of 1st cav, and a major with them complained to Pilot that we were too low, pilot told him if he did not like it he get out and walk. Did take a lot of ground fire though.
06/09/2011 @ 09:25 [ref: 39336]
 Bill Smith, Col USAF (Ret.)
 , NV
I flew the Bou out of Maxwell AFB for 3 years as a reservist with 908TAG and loved every minute flying it. I got to fly a variety of missions: aero-med evac, cargo, troop drops, pax and dropping sterilized screw-worm flies all over Puerto Rico. Having previously flown B-52s, I thought it was marvelously light on the controls, very responsive, and fun to fly, especially the STOL approaches and landings. It had no autopilot, so all flying was truly "hands on". Always glad to find one in a museum.
02/16/2011 @ 19:50 [ref: 36059]
 Ed Cawthorn
 Charleston, SC
Logged several missions on this aircraft while assigned to 903rd in Nha Trang---Sep 68-Aug 69. Great aircraft except for occasional landing gear problems. Moved to 123s for larger loads.
04/09/2010 @ 17:27 [ref: 26000]
 Gerald Moore
 , NM
As an aeromedical evacuation tech assigned to OLAD, 903rd AES, Danang, May '68 to May '69, I had about four or five flights on C-7As. They just seemed to float in for a landing.
01/14/2010 @ 01:16 [ref: 25566]
 Bill Friddle
 Indianapolis, IN
I was a member of the US Army Parachute Team The Golden Knights from 1979 to 1984 and we had three c7 aircraft.They were tail numbers 73079 73083 and I'm not sure of the third aircraft's tail number. I do know that at that time there were only four c7s in the Army We had three and there was one at Redstone arsenal in Alabama.The three we had were prototypes. I took off in this airplane thousands of times and made very few landings most of the time I was jumping from the rear doors or ramp. Having had my pilots licence the warrant officers gave me a lot of stick time. I've flown it from both the left and right seats. It was a pleasure to fly. keep in mind it had no hydraulics in the flight controls so it felt heavy. A Lot of trim was required. While flying direct IFR from Republic airport on long Island NY To Ft Bragg Nc we lost an engine at gross weight.I have many more stories.
12/21/2008 @ 20:19 [ref: 23302]
 Thom Frey
 Sun City Center,, FL
Hey,
I was a 2Lt., Flight Nurse assigned to the 903rd Aero Medical Squadon at Phu Cat, 1969 to 1970. Crewed many medical missions on this airplane. Even got some illegal right seat time.
One morning I was taking a newly assigned Lt. on his orientation mission. He was walking behind the aircraft, when the pilot ran up the engines, the C-7 was parked in front of a wall. Well, the prop wash, blew the Lt against the wall, blew his hat away along with his toupee!
I laughed so hard I had a gut ache. He forgave me, but I will never forget, bet he won't either.
10/21/2008 @ 16:44 [ref: 22900]
 Thom Frey
 Sun City Center,, FL
Hey,
I was a 2Lt., Flight Nurse assigned to the 903rd Aero Medical Squadon at Phu Cat, 1969 to 1970. Crewed many medical missions on this airplane. Even got some illegal right seat time.
One morning I was taking a newly assigned Lt. on his orientation mission. He was walking behind the aircraft, when the pilot ran up the engines, the C-7 was parked in front of a wall. Well, the prop wash, blew the Lt against the wall, blew his hat away along with his toupee!
I laughed so hard I had a gut ache. He forgave me, but I will never forget, bet he won't either.
10/21/2008 @ 16:44 [ref: 22899]
 Thom Frey
 Sun City Center,, FL
Hey,
I was a 2Lt., Flight Nurse assigned to the 903rd Aero Medical Squadon at Phu Cat, 1969 to 1970. Crewed many medical missions on this airplane. Even got some illegal right seat time.
One morning I was taking a newly assigned Lt. on his orientation mission. He was walking behind the aircraft, when the pilot ran up the engines, the C-7 was parked in front of a wall. Well, the prop wash, blew the Lt against the wall, blew his hat away along with his toupee!
I laughed so hard I had a gut ache. He forgave me, but I will never forget, bet he won't either.
10/21/2008 @ 16:44 [ref: 22898]

 
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