DescriptionThe de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou is a Canadian-designed and produced specialized cargo aircraft with short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability.
The Caribou (designated by the United States military as the CV-2 and later C-7 Caribou) was first flown in 1958 and although mainly retired from military operations, is still in use in small numbers as a rugged "bush aircraft".
The de Havilland Canada company's third STOL design was a big step up in size compared to its earlier DHC Beaver and DHC Otter, and was the first DHC design powered by two engines. The Caribou, however, was similar in concept in that it was designed as a rugged STOL utility aircraft. The Caribou was primarily a military tactical transport that in commercial service found itself a small niche in cargo hauling. The United States Army ordered 173 in 1959 and took delivery in 1961 under the designation AC-1, which was changed to CV-2 Caribou in 1962.
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- 3 crew, Capacity: 32 troops or 24 fully equipped paratroops or 14 casualty stretchers
- 72.58 ft (22.12 m)
- 95.58 ft (29.13 m)
- 31.66 ft (9.65 m)
- Wing Area:
- 912 ft² (84.7 m²)
- Empty Weight:
- 16,920 lb (7,675 kg)
- Loaded weight: 28,500 lb (12,927 kg)
- 2 × Pratt and Whitney R-2000-7M2 Twin Wasp 14-cylinder, 1,450 hp (1,081 kW) each
- Maximum speed: 216 mph (348 km/h)
- Cruise Speed:
- 181 mph (291 km/h)
- Stall Speed:
- 51 mph (95 km/h)
- 1,280 mi (2,060 km) (240 mi (390 km) with maximum payload)
- Takeoff Dist.:
- to 50 ft (15 m): 1,185 ft (361 m)
- Landing Dist.:
- from 50 ft (15 m): 1,235 ft (376 m)
- Rate of Climb:
- 1,355 ft/min (413 m/min)