Holloman AFB to feature veteran Caribou, other aircraft at free open house
May 04, 2018 05:39 PM
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. — Thirteen passengers boarded a C-7 Caribou cargo plane on Friday before it flew off to the Holloman Air Force Base, where it will be on display on Saturday.
The Air Force will have a free open house at the base for the public, where military aircraft will be putting on an air show and other planes, like the Caribou, will be on display.
The Caribou weighs about 30,000 pounds and flew at 5,000 feet on Friday morning.
Doug Jeans, the Director of Cavanaugh Flight Museum, flew the Caribou over Alamogordo. He said the aircraft was part of the U.S. Army and then passed on to the Air Force, becoming a C-7.
Jeans said it was built in 1962, and its speed isn’t intimidating.
“It’s a pretty slow airplane. Today, we came over here at a headwind. We were only doing 109 knots, which is about 115 miles per hour – which is really slow,” he said.
The aircraft was never meant to rocket across the skies, though. The term “cargo plane" makes its purpose pretty self-explanatory.
The C-7 helped transport troops and weapons during wartime, and it still has battle scars from that time.
“It has combat damage from Vietnam, and we have an American flag over each bullet hole or flight damage,” Jeans said. ”I think there’s 21 that are visible. There’s actually 40-something altogether."
The cargo plane can carry 36 troops. On Friday, it was civilians who buckled up to fly over Alamogordo.
“It was an awesome experience," Alamogordo Mayor Richard Boss said. "I’ve been up in commercial planes and I’ve been up in smaller planes, but this was the first time I’ve been in a cargo plane. And the back door was open. It was really cool. I really enjoyed it.”
Jeans said the Caribou is a unique airplane and the only one still flying in our country.
The Holloman Air and Space Expo "Legacy of Liberty" is a one-day event, with gates opening to the public at 8:30 a.m.
Created: May 04, 2018 05:39 PM
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