A retired Vietnam-era de Havilland Canada C-7A Caribou is now sporting its old look thanks to help from volunteers at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
The tactical transport was pulled out of Edwards’ Hangar 1634 after receiving the new paint job and undergoing some sheet metal work. It travelled across Rogers Dry Lakebed to the Air Force Flight Test Museum’s restoration hangar, where it will await a home in the much-anticipated new museum to be built outside the west gate of the base.
This particular Caribou, serial 63-9765, served in the Vietnam War and was later transferred to the US Army National Guard in Fresno, California, serving as a local jump platform for the Golden Knights parachute team. It was later given back to the USAF and brought to Edwards, possibly in the early 2000s, where it sat at the South Base until volunteers decided to give it a makeover earlier this year. While at the South Base, the Caribou was once picked up by winds and thrown into the Douglas C-53 Skytrooper parked next to it, causing damage to both aircraft. Volunteers have now pounded out the dents on the Caribou along with painting it.