"DHC-4T" Turbo Caribou

Updated data in red, last updated    May 2, 2021

PEN TURBO Aviation of Cape May, NJ, has undertaken a program to re-engine the DHC-4A Caribou as a result of market demand for turbine powered variant, now designated DHC-4A Turbo Caribou. Both Transport Canada (11/14/00) and Federal Aviation Administration (2/27/01) have issued Supplemental Type Certificates for the Turbo Caribou.                  Check their site out at  www.penturbo.com


N302PT (cn # 302) will be the fourth Caribou to be re-engined

Pen Turbo is working on the N302PT (C/N 302) and hope to have it ready for flight in the Spring of 2018.
(Pen Turbo)  

  N302PT (C/N 302) delivered to it's new home at Rampart Aviation in Colorado Springs, Colorado   (KCOS) on December, 28. 2020. Thanks to Paul Filmer for the photos, his web site is www.skippyscage.com.

N303PT (cn # 303) is the third Caribou to be re-engined in September, 2014

Pen Turbo test flight of Turbo N303PT (C/N) 303) at Cape May, NJ on Septemmber 17, 2014. Flown by Jim Hart and John Early with two flights totaling 3 hours and no snags.  (Pen Turbo)
Youtube videos of the first flight  of N303PT on 9-17-14 https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=OK-Q0ScIguk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK-Q0ScIguk
Sold to Puncar Regency Administration, Indonesia. Ferry flight from Cape May, NJ to Biak Indonesia. Aircraft left on May 3, 2016 and arrived on May 9, 2016. The long range system consisted of two 529-gallon Turtle-Pac bladders feeding the aircraft’s fuel tank by two electric pumps (main & stby) each capable of delivering 3000-lbs/hr.  Average fuel consumption - 850 pounds/hour. Total oil consumed 3 quarts.
                            (See flight data below)

Over the Pacific On approach On the ramp for a refueling stop The ferry crew arriving
TO FROM Distance       Time  

2,182 nm




2,132 nm




1,982 nm




   780 nm




1,413 nm


 TOTALS   8,487 nm     51:26
Now Registered as PK-SWW at the inagural flight reception at IIAGA-PAPUA, Indonesia
on September 15, 2016. (Greg Hudson)
On October 31, 2016 PK-SWW (C/N 303) on a unschedule cargo flight from Moses Kilangin airport, Timika, Indonesia to Kaminggaru airport, ILaga Papua, Indonesia crashed into a mountain side at 13,000 feet, 4 crew members were killed.  See accident report below.
PK-SWW Preliminary Accident Report  10-31-16


N238PT (cn # 238) is the second Caribou to be re-engined in May, 2010

N238PT (cn # 238) during testing at Cape May, New Jersey in May, 2010. (Jim Hart)

N238PT at Cape May, NJ on Spetember, 2011 (Pen Turbo)

 N238PT Departing Cape May airport, destination Bagram, Afghauistan Sept 25, 2011 (Pen Turbo)

N238PT at Bagram AFB, Afghanistan
Youtube video  - Aerial resupply in Marzak, Afghanistan (Army Staff Sgt. Charles Crail)    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=27&v=zbbLrIfA_sU
  <<< N238PT demonstrates a low-altitude airdrop in Afghanistan. (Army photo)

>>>  Fort Campbell Lifeliners deliver supplies using Caribou Low Cost Low Altitude Air Drops. This PDF file is a story by the Army on the DHC-4T

 An American registered de Havilland Canada Caribou (N238PT) does an extreme low-level air drop at a New Zealand Army forward operating base in Afghanistan. On another pass, the Caribou hit the flag pole but managed to recover safely to Bagram Air Force Base in Parwan Province. (Data unknown)
<<< N238PT (cn # 238) on an overnight stop in Malta on April 26, 2017. The aircraft departed April 28 on it's way to Africa on a lease to an unknown company. It's route of flight was  KEF-WICK-LYON-MALTA-HEAL (Malcolm Bezzina)

>>> N238PT in Africa on a short term lease in 2017.

N600NC  (cn # 237) is the first Caribou to be re-engined in November 14, 2000
Taken on October October 8, 2017 in Puerto Rico (Angel Natal)
Taken March, 2016 at the Marana Pinal Air Park (KMZJ), Arizona (thanks to jetphotos.net/n94504)

N600NC (cn#237) was sold to ODAC LLC (Rampart Aviation) on June 20, 2014 and is based at Colorado Springs, Colorado

Youtube video of N600NC inbound from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas on 10-4-17         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJnIyNXpKoA&t=74s

N600NC (cn # 237) was sold to the Palm Beach Aviation Inc. on August 4, 2008. It is base at Boca Raton, FL and used for sky driving

Taken January, 2010 at the United Nation's ramp at Port A Prince Airport, Haiti. It is flying in support of reliefs in Haiti, operation between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

"DHC-4T"  Turbo Caribou outside at Cape may, NJ for a flight test on Oct. 3. 1996  (Joe Handelman )

PEN TURBO were kind enough to fly the aircraft to the Army Otter Caribou Association 2001 reunion Corning, New York on August 3 and 4th for us to inspect. Many thanks to Goby Gobalian, Jim and Jinna Hart of PEN TURBO Aviation.

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