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De Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou. A photo. Characteristics.
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De Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou. A photo. Characteristics.

De Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou. A photo. Characteristics.

Canada

A type: Twin-engine tactical transport aircraft vysokoplan

Capacity: A crew of two and thirty-two paratroopers

Aircraft DHC-4 was built in an attempt to combine the aircraft payload C-47 the characteristics STOL aircraft "Beaver" and "Otter". As with previous aircraft company "De Havilland Keneda" aircraft "Caribou» (Caribou - Reindeer) it was simple and incredibly agile. Its characteristics STOL (achieved by means of a wing equipped with around two-slit flaps scale) did not correspond to the plane of its size.

Even before the first prototype flew. The US Army has ordered five aircraft for evaluation (under the designation YAC-1), and after extensive tests ordered 159 copies of the aircraft. The total number of aircraft was built 304 instance. The first aircraft entered service in 1961 year under the designation AC-1, but the following year it was replaced by 01-2. Able to carry a paratrooper 32, 26 parachutists, 22 stretchers, two fully loaded car, jeep or three tons of cargo, the aircraft is able to fly at forward airfields, where the paratroopers will be able to complete his "journey" on helicopters.

In Vietnam, the US Army planes side by side with the aircraft "Caribou" Australian Royal Air Force took part in many dangerous operations. In 1967 was transferred to the US Air Force "Caribou" 134 remaining aircraft received the new designation C-7A. Aircraft C-7A were decommissioned at the end of 1970-ies. A small number of aircraft "Caribou" remained in service in the Royal Air Force of Australia, as well as the Air Force Cameroon and Malaysia.

Basic data

Dimensions:

  • Length: 22,13 m
  • Wingspan: 29,15 m
  • Height: 9,7 m

The weight:

  • BLANK: 8283 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 14 197 kg

Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 347 km / h
  • Range: 2103 km

Power point: two engines R-2000- 7M2 "Twin Wasp" company "Pratt & Whitney" Power: 2900 l. from. (2162 kW)

Date of first flight:

  • July 30 1958 years

The surviving airworthymodifications: DHC-4, C-7A and SS-108

 

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