De Havilland Canada YC-7A 'Caribou'

Notes: Prototype C-7.
  Manufacturer:De Havilland Canada
  Base model:C-7
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Transport

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Examples of this type may be found at
Dyess Linear Air ParkDyess AFBTexas
United States Army Aviation MuseumOzarkAlabama
United States Army Transportation MuseumFort EustisVirginia

YC-7A on display

Dyess Linear Air Park

United States Army Aviation Museum

United States Army Transportation Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Calvin Tharp
 Menominee, MI
I was a crew member on this obsolete and seeming temperamental aircraft while it was in service at Allen Army Airfield. We went so far as to have some parts locally manufactured because of their scarcity. I'm still in contact with another crew member that served along with me. Great times, great plane, great people
06/20/2016 @ 11:35 [ref: 69686]
 Terry E O\'Neal
 , AL
This was indeed at Allen Army Airfield at Fort Greely, AK... Took me 4 months to locate parts for the engine rebuild and shortly after a few break in runs was flow from there to Rucker... Always disappointed they wouldn't let me fly home with them when it was bought here to rest... Flow here in the summer of 75 and has been kept in excellent shape by the looks of things... Paint job a little different but looks better than it did when it left...
02/02/2012 @ 06:39 [ref: 52397]
 Mike H.
 Fayetteville, NC
As previously mentioned, the "Y" aircraft were pre-production aircraft that were never transferred to the Air Force. They were lighter, did not have reverse pitch props, and had a much simpler electrical system. Otherwise, they were pretty much the same. They were indeed known as the "YC-7A" when I flew them as the last Caribou instructor pilot for the Golden Knights. We had tail numbers 079, 082, and 083, plus two standard production model aircraft that we received from an Air Force Reserve unit at Maxwell AFB when their C-7 mission was changed to C-130's. It took five aircraft to keep two in the air to meet the Team's travel schedule. Parts were difficult to find, and the slow Army procurement process made it worse.
I think that YC-7 tail number 082 is on display at Dyess AFB, TX. Odd that the Air Force would display an aircraft that they never owned or flew.
11/22/2011 @ 06:09 [ref: 50442]
 San Jose, OTH
One of these planes is being restored by the Costa Rican Public Security Ministry. The aircraft debuted during Vietnam war and later participated in operations of the National Guard in California. See: http://www.nacion.com/ln_ee/2007/mayo/21/sucesos1103532.html

05/21/2007 @ 05:55 [ref: 16549]
 Pat B.
 , TX
I beleive #73082 was at Allen Army Airfield at Ft. Greely, AK in 1974 with the U.S. Armey Arctic Test Center.
09/02/2006 @ 11:53 [ref: 14054]
 Jim Sessoms
 , GA
The US Army had a Caribou configured as a reconnaissance platform in Vietnam. I flew several missions on it in Dec 66. It had lots of equipment mounted in racks and was really heavy--took the whole runway at TanSonNhut to lift off. We did Morse Intercept and Radio Direction Finding. Without an automated system, we had to use aural null to obtain bearings and that meant flat-turning the acft. Try to imagine what a tricky maneuver that was for the drivers.
09/02/2006 @ 10:37 [ref: 14053]
 Clinton, NJ
There are at least a dozen of these planes at the aircraft museum in Cape May NJ. Some are hulks for parts, some still look flyable, most look rather tired. More than half are painted in camo. Not 100% sure if they belong to the museum or to the transport company right next door.
09/19/2005 @ 11:26 [ref: 11279]
 , TX
The Caribou made its first flight in June 30,1958. In 1959 the U.S. Army flew five prototypes for evaluation designated YAC-1. In 1961, the first 22 out of a total of 159 production versions were delivered to the Army. Originally designated AC-1, the aircraft was redesignated CV-2 in 1962 and retained that designation for the remainder of its Army career. In January 1967, when responsibility for all fixed-wing tactical transports was transferred to the U.S. Air Force, the Caribou received the designation C-7. By the end of production in 1973, a total of 307 aircraft were built. So there was no such thing as a YC-7.

10/04/2001 @ 06:39 [ref: 3323]
 Frank White
 , NC
Yes, the standard Army production Carabou's were first designated AC-1 or CV-2. However, the aircraft on display at the Museum, #080, is one of five YAC-1's, the pre-production version of the Carabou.
Besides the tail number, this can be confirmed by the three piece main landing gear doors, where the AC-1's/CV-2's were two piece. Technical information on Carabou evolution can be obtained from the Squadron/Signal book "Carabou in Action" by Wayne Mutza.
10/04/2001 @ 06:19 [ref: 3321]
 , MN
I Always new these as CV-2's. Any comments?
09/15/2001 @ 15:25 [ref: 3192]


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