New England Air Museum
de Havilland C-7A 'Caribou'

de Havilland Caribou

Courtesy of the United States Army

This C-7A was built by de Havilland of Canada in 1962 and is one of 159 used by the U. S. Army for both cargo and troop transport. It is a STOL (short takeoff and landing) airplane designed to be extremely rugged and reliable, and could operate on unimproved landing surfaces of less than 1,000 feet for close support in forward battle areas. The Caribou was a workhorse for the Army and could be configured to carry up over four tons of cargo or vehicles, 32 fully equipped combat troops, or up to 20 patient litters. Rear doors facilitated quick loading and unloading, and could be opened in the air for dropping paratroopers.

This particular plane had been assigned to the Connecticut AVCRAD (Aviation Classification Repair Activity Depot) in Groton. It was flown to Bradley International Airport in September, 1991 and was the last official flight of any C-7 in U. S. military service.

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Specifications

Length: 72' 7"
Wingspan: 95' 7"
Height: 31' 8"
Empty Weight: 16,900 lbs.
Gross Weight: 28,500 lbs.
Cruise Speed: 152 mph
Maximum Speed: 216 mph
Range: 1,175 mi.
Service Ceiling: 24,800'
Powerplant: 2 X Pratt & Whitney R-2000
Year: 1962
Location: Outdoor Storage Yard

 


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