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De Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou (62-4150) - Few know that behind the Pima Air & Space Museum are the remains of a historic USAF aircraft. On August 25, 1968, then Major Hunter F. Hackney flew 2 drop passes over the Duc Lap Special Forces camp in South Vietnam in support of US and ARVN troops. The drops delivered vitally needed ammunition through vicious concentrations of anti-aircraft and automatic weapons fire in which Hackney's Caribou sustained severe battle damage. Major Hackney then flew the paralyzed aircraft to a nearby forward operating base Ban Me Thout. Fully aware that the defenders of Duc Lap wouldn't be able to survive the night without further resupply, he then obtained this very Caribou and once again headed towards the fight, successfully dropping more supplies and again sustaining severe battle damage. The defenders of Duc Lap survived the siege which ended several days later. For his airmanship, bravery, and heroism, Major Hackney was awarded the Air Force Cross and the RVN Gallantry Cross with Silver Star. Another Caribou on display at the National Museum of the US Air Force is painted as this airframe, but this is the real deal.
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De Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou (62-4150)

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Few know that behind the Pima Air & Space Museum are the remains of a historic USAF aircraft. On August 25, 1968, then Major Hunter F. Hackney flew 2 drop passes over the Duc Lap Special Forces camp in South Vietnam in support of US and ARVN troops. The drops delivered vitally needed ammunition through vicious concentrations of anti-aircraft and automatic weapons fire in which Hackney's Caribou sustained severe battle damage. Major Hackney then flew the paralyzed aircraft to a nearby forward operating base Ban Me Thout. Fully aware that the defenders of Duc Lap wouldn't be able to survive the night without further resupply, he then obtained this very Caribou and once again headed towards the fight, successfully dropping more supplies and again sustaining severe battle damage. The defenders of Duc Lap survived the siege which ended several days later. For his airmanship, bravery, and heroism, Major Hackney was awarded the Air Force Cross and the RVN Gallantry Cross with Silver Star. Another Caribou on display at the National Museum of the US Air Force is painted as this airframe, but this is the real deal.

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Tom Glass
Great story told and neat lighting for the photo.
Jim Quinn
Excellent! Thank you....
davesheehy
Well done ZFW thanks.
Martin Grieve
I don't recall any of the RAAF's Caribous having bulbous noses like the one in the pic. Anyone know what this one is? Radar equipment?
Don Lawton
My first flight in Vietnam, July '67, was aboard a Caribou. A very capable aircraft. Great story. Lots of heroism among pilots supporting ground ops. Thanks.
Allan Burke
What a great history lesson about the aircraft and a heroic crew!
Dan Chiasson
Amazing special purpose aircraft that was developed by de Havilland Canada. Check youtube for some amazing STOL videos.
Dan Chiasson
Amazing special purpose aircraft developed by de Havilland Canada. Check out youtube for some amazing STOL vids.
Robin Rebhan
Amazing story! Thank you!
Jeff Kitchen
Your story is the best part of an already great photo. Thank you for sharing. I love Pima enough that I got engaged there. Amazing place.
We non military really appreciate the stories of true American battle heroes especially Viet, in which I did not have the priviledge of serving...Thnxx a bunch.
Neil Klapthor
Thanks for sharing that...great story!
marylou anderson
Always like the REAL deal
marylou anderson
Thank you
Ron Schoenbeck
Thank you for the fantastic history lesson.
Doug Clinton
Logged 899 hours in the "Bou" out of Cam Ranh Bay. In a similar siege in April 1970 at Dak Seang we supported Special Forces troops surrounded by a regiment of NVA. We lost three airplanes and nine brave crewmembers in five days.
ken kemper
A True Hero & Patriot......God Bless Major Hackney

Great photo work ZFW & telling an exciting story about our nation's history.
William Owens
Thank you for your service Doug
Tom Fox
Sometimes the men and women who pilot these wonderful flying machines remind us of who true heroes are. Great story!!!
Doug Zalud
It needs to be saved.
Hank Armstrong
We could use some manly politicians with that kind of bravery. In the meantime, the women are doing the job. Hi Liz...
Hawk Moore
Does Pima plan to restore it?
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