Caribou. Photo by Tom Shoupe, 1968. Company B, 1/7 Cavalry. In Vietnam the Caribou was used to re-supply fighting forces in-country because of its unique ability to fly in and out of camps on short, unimproved airstrips. Typical cargoes were fuel (gasoline, diesel fuel, and JP-4), munitions (small arms ammunition, 2.75 inch aircraft rockets, 105mm, 155mm, 175mm, and 8 inch howitzer projectiles), food (widely varying from very conventional American steak and chicken, to live pigs, chickens, ducks, and eels for the ARVN troops), passengers (U.S. military, RVN military, RVN civilians, and even NVA POWs), and sadly, bodies.
C-123 touchdown on short a PSP airstrip - note full flaps & touchdown on the very, very end of the runway. Photo by David Adams, a Cobra pilot in the gun group during the years 1970-1971 with the Scout Platoon, D Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1969-1970. Courtesy of Mike Gustin.
A 35 Squadron Caribou Seen Through the Cargo Door of Another Aircraft
A 35 Squadron Caribou seen through the cargo door of another aircraft. The squadron, known fondly as ‘Wallaby Airlines’ played an important role during Australia’s involvement in Vietnam carrying, among other things, passengers, mail, ammunition, fuel and a wide variety of other supplies necessary for Australians in the field.