Royal Australian Air Force
Caribou  (DHC-4)

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Tenders open for Caribou

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare announced the release of the tender to dispose of retired Caribou aircraft.

Mr Clare said that two of the fleet will be reserved for sale to historical organisations that will preserve the aircraft as flying examples of military heritage.

A number of Caribou components will also be made available only to historical organisations and Returned Service Organisations, such as RSL’s.

“The Caribou has had a long and distinguished history with the Australian Defence Force,” Mr Clare said.

“It was first brought into service in Vietnam and has served with distinction for nearly half a century.

“The aircraft was famous for its ability to take off and land on short and unprepared runways.

“This unique ability allowed the Caribou to play a major role in relief operations both within Australia and internationally.

“Due to the historic significance of the aircraft, we have reserved a number of Caribou components for preservation at RSL’s and historical organisations.”

During service, the Caribou aircraft were based at RAAF Richmond NSW, RAAF Amberley QLD and RAAF Townsville QLD. 

Two of the aircraft have already been presented to the RAAF Museum at Point Cook and the Australian War Memorial.

Interested parties should go to www.tenders.gov.au or contact the Defence Disposals Agency on (02) 9393 2914 for more information.

The closing date for tenders was 1 March 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wing Commander, Anthony Thorpe (left), Minister for Defence Materiel, Jason Clare MP (centre) and Warrant Officer, Craig Smith (right) at the release of the tender to dispose of retired Caribou aircraft.

 

 
The Royal Australian Air Force operated 29 Caribous starting in 1964 and retiring the last Caribou on November 27, 2009           Updated  May 29, 2016
C/N
RAAF Number
Delivery Date
Callsign
Status
134
A4-134
3/64
VM-JMA
Crashed/Destroyed  7/64 w/o. Fuselage at Bandiana Army Museum in Victoria,  No longer on display, whereabouts unknown
140
A4-140
3/64
VM-LMB
Retired and flown to Canberra airport on Nov 27, 2009. Presented to the Australian War Memorial. It will be partially dismantled over the next six months by Qantas and then placed at the Australian War Memorial's annex in Mitchell, Canberra.
147
A4-147
3/64
VM-JMC
Crashed/Destroyed 6/68, Papua New Guinea w/o
152
A4-152
5/64
VM-JMI
Was presented to the RAAF Museum at  Point Cook on Nov 26, 2009. It is currently on outside display but will be placed under cover at some future point.
159
A4-159
5/64
VM-LWK
Fuselage at Brisbane Airport as a fire fighter's training aid.  The nose section of A4-159 has been bought by the Queensland Air Museum and relocated to Caloundra.
164
A4-164
5/64
VM-JMN
Used as training aide at Richmond Air Base, NSW
171
A4-171
7/64
Unknown
Crashed/Destroyed 8/67 w/o
173
A4-173
7/64
VM-LWB
On display at the Queensland Air Museum in Caloundra.
179
A4-179
7/64
VM-JMD
Used as training aide at Richmond Air Base, NSW.  Acquired by Historic Aircraft Restoration Society 09/2014. Fuselage minus tail section, engines and outer wings trucked to Albion Park Airport, New South Wales
185
A4-185
7/64
Unknown
Crashed/Destroyed 11/64 w/o
191
A4-191
7/64
VM-JMM
Remain at RAAF Amberley as hulk. Dismantled and disposed of as scrap metal November 2015
193
A4-193
7/64
Unknown
Destroyed 7/71
195
A4-195
9/64
VM-LWY
Stored at the Oakey Army Airfield near Toowoomba, Queensland awaiting government disposal plan approval.  Allocated to Museum of Australian Army Flying, will remain at Oakey Army Airfield Queensland
199
A4-199
9/64
VM-JMZ
On display outside RAAF Base Townsville, Queensland
202
A4-202
9/64
Unknown
Crashed/Destroyed 3/65
204
A4-204
11/64
VM-JMT
At the Australian Aerospace overhaul facility at Brisbane Airport minus wings, tail feathers and props. The successful tenderer was the Vietnam Veteran's Museum on Phillip Island Victoria
208
A4-208
11/64
VM-JMG
Withdrawn from service, parked at Oakey Army Base and used for spare parts.
210
A4-210
11/64
VM-JMU
Acquired along with A4-234 and 6 semi trailer loads of spare parts by Historic Aircraft Restoration Society 09/2011. Intended to fly for another 20 years as the "Vietnam Veterans Memorial Flight". Departed Oakey 29/10/2011 for Albion Park Airport New South Wales. Civil registration VH-VBA
225
A4-225
6/65
VM-JMA
The successful tenderer was the South Australian Aviation Museum Adelaide.
228
A4-228
6/65
VM-JME
The successful tenderer was the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre at Caboolture Queensland
231
A4-231
6/65
VM-JMK
The successful tenderer was the Vietnam Veteran's Museum on Phillip Island, Victoria. (Also getting A4-204)
233
A4-233
8/65
Unknown
Crashed/Destroyed 8/72
234
A4-234
8/65
VM-LWH
Acquired along with A4-210 and 6 semi trailer loads of spare parts by Historic Aircraft Restoration Society 09/2011. Intended to fly for another 20 years as the "Vietnam Veterans Memorial Flight". Departed Oakey 2/11/2011 for Albion Park New South Wales. Civil registration VH-VBB.
235
A4-235
8/65
VM-JMV
Dismantled and disposed of as scrap metal November, 2015
236
A4-236
8/65
VM-JMF
On display RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre Queensland
264
A4-264
5/68
VM-JMQ
Used as training aide at Richmond Air Base, NSW
275
A4-275
7/69
VM-JMW
The successful tenderer was the Historic Aircraft Restoration Society. It will go to their annex at Parkes New South Wales. As operators of two airworthy Caribou it will also be an important source of spares should the need arise.
285
A4-285
12/69
VM-JMJ
Nose section is in the small RAAF Amberley museum, the remainder of the aircraft was cut up and scrapped after being damaged at Efogi, Papua New Guinea,  in August 2008. 
299
A4-JMP
5/71
VM-JMP
The successful tenderer was the Evan's Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Association Queensland


Photos taken at the Downunder Airshow in Avalon, Australia in Febraury, 1999  Caribou # A4-199  is from the RAAF 38 Sqn based at RAAF base at Amberly, Queensland . Many thanks to FSGT. Geoff "CHOOK" Swanson and SGT. Andrew "Budge" Newman

Click on photos to enlarge  - All photos taken by Wayne Buser

 

A group of Australian military officers about to fly in the DHC demonstrator CF-LVA (c/n # 9) during its oz sales tour in Feb 1960. I particularly like the gentleman with the bullhorn standing in the cockpit doorway. The interior and fittings are also quite different to our aircraft. (Warrant Officer Rod Cairns 38 SQN.)

 

RAAF Caribou at the '95 AirShow DownUnder at Avalon, Victoria -Australia (Andrew Roach)

RAAF Caribou at the '99 Caboolture Airshow at Caboolture, Queensland - Australia. (Andrew Roach)

 

Landing Guari, Papua New Guinea
Terry Barker was a Bou pilot with the RAAF who flow many times into the strip at Guari. 
The strip is 600m long (about 2,000ft) and is almost 6,100ft above sea level.   

The one-way strip is 30 / 12, with a 6.4% slope down to the NW.  It is on a spur line, at 8min 3sec South, 146min 52 sec East.  The aerial view (left) from the south gives you the overall perspective. (Terry Barker)

 

 

Another shot of a RAAF Caribou landing at Guari. (Ian Sutherland)

 

 
 
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