As part of our joint celebration of National Aviation Month with the Cavanaugh Flight Museum this November, we are pleased to display Cavanaugh’s beautifully restored de Havilland CV-2B “Caribou” transport aircraft on the weekend of November 15 and 16.
This is one of the few flightworthy examples of this aircraft, designed in the late 1950s as a Short Takeoff and Landing military transport. It proved vital to the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War.
When the Air Force took over responsibility for all fixed-wing tactical airlift aircraft from the Army in 1967, the “Caribou” was officially re-designated the C-7. Museum volunteer Don Griffin, who flew the C-7 in Vietnam, will give a presentation about his experiences with the aircraft in the Hamilton Family Auditorium at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 15. Don will also be available at the aircraft on both days to share his experiences with our visitors.
Capable of operating from short unpaved airstrips in the jungle, the “Caribou” delivered lifesaving ammunition, medicine, and food to troops at remote sites throughout South Vietnam. This particular aircraft, serial no. 62-4149, served with the 61st Aviation Company in Vietnam. During restoration, 21 patched bullet holes were found throughout the aircraft. Don’t miss seeing this combat veteran aircraft and learning about it from one of its pilots!