Saturday 5 August 2017 at 2pm at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum
The National Vietnam Veterans Museum is proud to be officially unveiling the Caribou 231 on Saturday 5 August at 2pm. Everyone is invited along to take part in this significant occasion and commemorate the first flight of Caribou, on August 8 1964, into Vung Tau, Vietnam, by RAAF Transport Flight Vietnam which later became 35 Squadron. Months of hard work by the Restorations Team, guided by Colin Grey OAM, Restorations Manager at NVVM, have resulted in the re-assembly of Caribou 231, which will be on display at the front of the Museum for all to see.
The De Havilland Canada built DHC-4 (Caribou) is a Light Tactical Transport Aircraft and was the mainstay of the Royal Australian Air Force transport operations during the Vietnam conflict. During its service in Vietnam the aircraft undertook a total of 80,489 operational sorties carrying a wide variety of freight from 30 fully equipped troops to live stock a total 41,483,758kgs of freight was carried with 5,647,819kgs of that being mail.
The RAAF air and ground crews built an enviable record of successes whilst on operations in Vietnam with the flying and repair conditions being at their worst, the squadron experienced very few mechanical failures and even fewer aborted flights were experienced, the crews were held in high regard by both the South Vietnamese and American forces. Considering the number of sorties flown and operational conditions the loss of only three aircraft during their 8 years in Vietnam conflict is testament to both air and ground crews.
‘Rockhouse, well known and much followed local band, will be playing at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum from 1pm to 4pm as part of the special event, Unveiling of Caribou 231. This will be a special treat and add to the atmosphere on the day. Band members include :John Obee – Lead Guitar and vocals, Mike Foenander – Keyboards and backing vocals, Rob Watson – Bass and Vocals, John Fagnani – Drums’
Beer and wine will be available at bar prices and a sausage sizzle. The Nui Dat Café will be open for refreshments.