Although the US Navy C-2A fleet is in process of being replaced by the CMV-22B Osprey, the Greyhound still provides rapid airborne logistics capability to the carrier strike force across a full range of sea basing military operations.
As a derivative of the E-2 Hawkeye, the C-2 has a common wing with the Hawkeye but has a widened fuselage and a rear loading ramp. The interior arrangement of the cabin can accommodate priority cargo like jet engines, passengers, litter patients and critical spare parts. A cargo cage system provides restraint for loads during ship launches and landings. Straight-in rear cargo loading and unloading allows for fast turnaround on the ground or carrier flight-deck. The cargo ramp can be opened in flight, allowing for airdrops of supplies and personnel.
‘The mighty Grumman C-2A Greyhound.
‘My flight students always looked at me like I was nuts when I told them to go COD (Carrier Onboard Delivery), but it really is the best deal in Navy Air.
It’s basically the best parts of Boat flying and shore based life with none of the asspain.
As my old onwing used to say: “Little boys want to be fighter pilots. Fighter pilots would rather be COD pilots.”
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/ Released
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