The Caribou is a rugged workhorse with short takeoff and landing capability. Stephen Skinner looks at its career, which included providing vital supplies in the Vietnam War.

An RAAF Caribou wth special markings to highlight the type’s 45 years of service with the air arm.
Sgt Rob Mitchell/© Commonwealth of Australia

De Havilland Canada (DHC) worked closely with the American military to develop the Caribou into an aircraft that could be used in many roles where its ruggedness and ability to use short airstrips was advantageous. The aircraft can trace its roots to the period after World War Two when manufacturers needed a more diverse range of products.

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