CV-2 Caribou Aircraft

Role: STOL Utility Tranport
Span: 95 feet 7 inches
Length: 72 feet 7 inches
Weight: 28, 500 pounds max
Armament: None
Engines: Two 1,450 hp P&W
Crew: Three
Cruising speed: 152 mph
Range: 1,175 miles
Service ceiling: 24,800 feet

During the period of Operation Silver Bayonet, 23 Oct - 20 Nov, 1965, the 13th Signal Battalion of the 1st Cavalry Division gave communications support during the Battles of the Ia Drang Valley. They used the above aircraft equipped with 12 powerful FM radios to receive and relay battlefield communications from the AN/PRC 25 back pack radios on the ground, of the key command nets directing the operation. The CV-2 orbited the battlefield at 10,000 feet.