Microsoft Flight Simulator has released another aircraft in the Local Legends series in conjunction with World Update XII: New ZealandDHC-4 Caribou.

Canadian aerospace manufacturer de Havilland’s DHC-4 Caribou is the eighth addition to the series, a twin-engine short take-off and landing (STOL) cargo aircraft originally designed as a military transport aircraft. The Caribou was conceptually based on the STOL characteristics of the smaller de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and DHC-3 Otter, but with greater payload capacity.

The first flight of the Caribou took place on July 30, 1958, and it entered service in 1961. De Havilland built a total of 307 Caribou aircraft, most of which went into military service and the rest into civilian missions. The military of 32 countries, including the United States, flew on the Caribou. Designated first as the CV-2 and later as the C-7, the United States Army and Air Force operated a total of 159 aircraft. Spain, Kenya, India and Australia also used the glider by 2009.

Crewed by two pilots, the DHC-4 can carry up to 32 troops and their equipment, as well as 8,000 pounds of cargo, or a combination thereof. The Caribou has a distinctly utilitarian appearance with a long, narrow fuselage with a rear cargo ramp and raised tail, allowing for easy and efficient loading and unloading of equipment and personnel.

It can also perform in-flight drops of equipment and/or paratroopers on demand. The wing has a cruciform design with a large vertical stabilizer and rudder for low-speed turn control, and has a retractable tricycle undercarriage with long undercarriage legs for use at remote, rural airfields. The high-aspect main wing design is mounted on the nose of the fuselage and features twin-slotted flaps.

The wing has the multifaceted shape of an inverted seagull and supports two radial engines in nacelles, which also serve as mounts for the main landing gear. Finally, the aircraft is powered by two 14-cylinder Pratt & Whitney R-2000 Twin Wasp radial piston engines, each producing 1,450 horsepower and rotating a Hamilton Standard 3-blade constant-speed, reversible-pitch propeller.

The Caribou has served in several combat zones and has been used for a variety of humanitarian assistance missions over the years, most notably in Vietnam, Vanuatu and along the Line of Control along the India-Pakistan border. In these harsh arenas, the Caribou earned its legendary status as it took off and landed on a short rough runway with only 1,000 feet of roll.

The DHC-4 has a range of 1,300 miles, a rate of climb of 1,355 feet per minute, and an operating ceiling of 24,800 feet above sea level. It reaches a top speed of 282 mph, stops at 68 mph, and has a top speed of 215 mph.

The DHC-4 Caribou from de Havilland Canada is a beautiful aircraft that is a true aviator’s machine. It can take off and take off from almost any runway and confidently respond to every command from the pilot.

Available today at Microsoft Flight Simulator The DHC-4 Caribou comes with seven liveries for $14.99.

  • Default
  • Blue with a red stripe
  • Blue with white and red accents
  • Blue with a yellow stripe
  • Camouflage 1
  • Camouflage 2
  • White

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