The C-7A is a
twin-engine, short takeoff and landing (STOL) utility transport built by
DeHavilland Aircraft of Canada, Ltd. It is used primarily for
tactical airlift missions in forward battle areas with short, unimproved
airstrips. It can carry 26 fully equipped paratroops or up to 20
litter patients. As a cargo aircraft the Caribou can haul more
than three tons of equipment.
The Caribou made its first flight in 1958. In 1959, the Army
flew several prototypes for evaluation and, 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 re-designated CV-2 in 1962 and
retained that designation for the remainder of its Army career.
In Jan. 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 Asian conflict, the Caribou's STOL capability made it
particularly suitable for delivering troops, supplies, and equipment to
This C-7A is a Southeast Asia combat veteran which later served with the Air
Force Reserves. It was flown to the USAF Museum in May 1983.
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