DHC-4 Caribou


Hobbycraft 1/72 DHC-4 Caribou,
A4-152, RAAF Museum Point Cook


by Troy Henderson

 

Serial No

A4-152

A/C type

De Havilland Canada HDC-4 Caribou

Based at

RAAF Museum, RAAF Williams Point Cook

History

 

Scheme

1986 Low visibility, wrap around, black, dark green and medium green camouflage, with black on green / green on black numbers, Kangaroo and stencils. The 55 years of operations 1964-2009 tail and nose art with colour squadron logo as dispatched from service and displayed at the RAAF Museum. 

Kit

Hobby Craft 1/72 DHC-4 Caribou with Southern Sky Models 'Last Flight of the Royal Australian Airforce DH4-C Caribou' Decals.

Reference

Kit Reference, ADF Serials, 'Dakota, Hercules & Caribou in Australian Service' by Stewart Wilson and Original photos of aircraft at Point Cook.

 

Introduction

Delivered into RAAF hands on May 8 1964 and bound for RAAF Richmond. A4-152 first found her metal tested in October 1967 when sent to Vietnam with 35 Squadron until November 1986 after it ran off of a landing strip and was severely damaged.

Dismantled and shipped back to Australia, A4-152 was repaired and returned to service with 38 Squadron in 1970.  Had a near call in May 1970 when the starboard engine caught fire several minutes after take off. The aircraft landed safely and fire was found to be due to a cracked cylinder.

Next A4-152 was off to Sumatra for survey duty including operations "Pemataan Gading" and "Elephant Tusk". In the mid 1970's, the aircraft was repainted white with UN markings and sent to Kashmir on peace keeping exercises.

Following the revolutionary disruptions in 1980 A4-152 was off to the island of Espiritu Santo in support of the Vanuatu government flying both goods and people where required.

Repainted again in 2002 to a one colour, tea Green scheme, A4-152 served with INTERFET in East Timor with 38 Squadron, before returning to Australia and being repainted once again into her current and final scheme for retirement in 2009.

Flown into Point Cook for the last time on 26/11/2009 and is currently on display next to the museum entrance.