Recently released film documents the tour of the NZDF PRT rotation which lost four soldiers in two contacts. It includes an absolutely amazing piece of flying by a Caribou conducting a very very low resupply drop. I understand these aircraft belonged to a private contractor. as USAF had no capable aircraft after they prematurely withdraw C-27J. Stunning flying verging on just plain crazy. The Caribou literally lowers the Afghan flag.......
Start the second of the clips (with the explosion) and just after the 7:20 minute mark watch the Caribou approach.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 28, 2016 18:04:37 GMT 12
Wikipedia says the DHC-4T Turbo Caribou is a conversion of the baseline DHC-4 Caribou powered by the Pratt and Whitney PT6A-67T turboprop engines designed, test flown and certified by the Pen Turbo Aviation company.
PT6's on the 'Boo is a pretty sensible move if they are to be used in proper working service. There is still a role for them in remote areas, but looking after rare R2000s in such an environment is not really practical. Even getting Avgas is impossible in some places, whereas Jet A1 is reasonably common (for helicopters etc too). At a pinch, the PT6 can run on Diesel too...
If it was supposed to be easy. everyone would be doing it...
Post by baronbeeza on Jul 28, 2016 23:23:13 GMT 12
I had a short involvement with the one or two civilian Buffalo that were operating in Africa about 20 years ago.
I was looking at helping out buying surplus military models from the likes of the Zambian, Kenyan and Tanzanian Defence Forces. One option being considered was setting up a refurbishment line in the massive hangar at Kilimanjaro airport. I flew as pax in a Tanzanian one from Arusha down to Dar and it seemed to get along ok.
The PT6 conversions were popular, indeed common, on the DC-3 fleet about but I just never saw a Caribou on the continent.
Many will recall the take-off accident with the prototype version of a Turboprop Caribou where it leered up on rotate and crashed after it's short, near vertical, climb.
Last Edit: Jul 28, 2016 23:33:56 GMT 12 by baronbeeza