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Malaysian Caribou

10 February 2014

Malaysian Caribou

03° 07′ 00″ N / 101° 42′ 15″ E

de Havilland DH-7 Carribou — photo by Joseph May

de Havilland DH-7 Caribou exhibited on the grounds of the Royal Malaysian Air Force Museum — photo by Joseph May

Quoting from this previous post:

“The Caribou’s capability is impressive. It could transport 32 troops, 24 paratroopers or 14 litter cases — or 8000 pounds of cargo (~3640kg) — yet land in less than the length of three football fields (pitches) while having a combat radius of over 500 miles (800km). More information on the C-7 can be found at this website, The C-7A Caribou Association.”

de Havilland DH-7 Carribou — photo by Joseph May

The de Havilland DH-7 Caribou has two radial engines, a rear ramp, stout landing gear and huge flaps which enable it to be an STOL for medium loads (8000 pounds/ 3640kg) — photo by Joseph May

de Havilland DH-7 Carribou — photo by Joseph May

de Havilland DH-7 Caribou pilots had excellent visibility, vital for STOL landings — photo by Joseph May

de Havilland DH-7 Carribou — photo by Joseph May

Curious hatch of the de Havilland DH-7 Caribou — photo by Joseph May

de Havilland DH-7 Carribou — photo by Joseph May

de Havilland DH-7 Caribou right side Pratt & Whitney R-2000 Twin Wasp radial engine (1450hp/1081kW) — photo by Joseph May

de Havilland DH-7 Carribou — photo by Joseph May

Another view of the de Havilland DH-7 Caribou cockpit exterior — photo by Joseph May

de Havilland DH-7 Carribou — photo by Joseph May

Closer view of the pilot’s position of the de Havilland DH-7 Caribou — photo by Joseph May

The featured Caribou of this post served in the Royal Malaysian Air Force and is on exhibit at their museum, the Royal Malaysian Air Force Museum (use the search window to find other aircraft featured at this museum as well as a museum review).

As noted by Allan Damp (see comments, below), the Caribou was known as the C-7 in the U.S. Army yet the DHC-7 is a four engine turboprop commuter airliner — so some confusion ensued since the information sign stated the aircraft as a “DH-7” when the de Havilland Canada designation was DHC-4. Since the sign states the designation as DH-7 we have to honor that though naming mistakes were made on two other museum aircraft signs — it is likely the Royal Malaysian Air Force designation was “C-7” but the sign maker used a British naming protocol which would yield “DH-7” though the British naming protocol would more correctly be DHC-4.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Allan Damp permalink
    10 February 2014 12:12

    The deHavilland Canada “Dash 7” was a 4-turboprop STOL passenger airplane. The Caribou was either the -4 or -5. The single-engined Otter was the -3 and the Twin Otter the -6.

  2. Allan Damp permalink
    10 February 2014 12:15

    Follow-up – the US military designation was C-7, which may account for the confusion.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      10 February 2014 18:07

      Hi Allan — I am sure that you are right. The museum sign states DH-7 but two other names on aircraft signs were incorrect so it may be that C-7 was meant and the sign maker mistakenly went with the British type of naming convention (my supposition). That is why I quoted from an older post on the C-7 as well as providing the link to the C-7A Caribou Association. Thanks for this, Joe

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