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De Havilland C-7A Caribou

NOTE: This aircraft is currently at the restoration hangar. Plans call for this AC to undergo repairs and return to exhibit in the Spring of 2023.

The C-7A was a twin-engine, short takeoff and landing (STOL) utility transport built by De Havilland Aircraft of Canada, Ltd. It was used primarily for tactical airlift missions from short, unimproved airstrips in forward battle areas. It could carry either 26 fully equipped paratroops, 20 litter patients, or more than three tons of equipment.

The Caribou made its first flight in 1958, and the U.S. Army flew several prototypes for evaluation. In 1961 De Havilland delivered the first 22 out of a total of 159 C-7s to the Army. Originally designated AC-1, the aircraft was redesignated CV-2 in 1962, and it retained that designation for the remainder of its Army service.

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. During the Southeast Asia War, the Caribou's STOL capability made it particularly suitable for delivering troops, supplies, and equipment to isolated outposts.

The C-7A on display is a Southeast Asia combat veteran that later served with the Air Force Reserve. 

TECHNICAL NOTES:
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney R-2000-7M2s of 1,450 hp each
Maximum speed: 216 mph
Cruising speed: 152 mph
Range: 1,175 miles
Ceiling: 24,800 ft.
Span: 95 ft. 7 in.
Length: 72 ft. 7 in.
Height: 31 ft. 8 in.
Weight: 28,500 lbs. maximum
Serial number: 62-4193 

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