Fascinating 50th Anniversary Behind the Scenes Video Brings You Aboard the C-2A Greyhound

The Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 (VRC-30) “Providers” has prepared a cool video to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the C-2A Greyhound, the workhorse of the U.S. Navy fleet.

On Nov. 18, 1964, the Grumman C-2 Greyhound twin-engine, high-wing cargo aircraft, designed perform the COD (Carrier Onboard Delivery) to carry equipment, supplies and mail to and from U.S. Navy aircraft carriers, made its first flight.

Since then, the aircraft and its crews have performed a vital role supplying the carrier fleet with over a million pounds of high priority logistics.

The video, produced by VRC-30, United States Navy Fleet Logistics Support squadron based at Naval Air Station North Island with detachments all around the world, provides some amazing insight into the mission of the COD as well as the challenge/thrill of flying the COD: take a look at the skills (and amount of inputs on the control yoke) required to perform an arrested landing on the flight deck of a nuclear aircraft carrier at sea.

By the way, this author has had the privilege to fly aboard a COD to visit the USS Nimitz off Pakistan in 2009.

H/T to VRC-30 for sending the link to us

 

About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.

6 Comments

  1. Wow, starting at 5:48 look at how fast the pilot is modulating the power setting. I can only assume that he’s resetting power, and then checking his new set down point, and then making adjustments accordingly. I’m much slower that that. Granted my wing loading is much less than than a C-2. But man, if these guys can sense their set down point that far out on final and operate such a tight control loop … hats freaking off to their airmanship. That’s amazing skill. The broad spectrum and depth of American airmanship in the US military is truly amazing.

    My tightest final is in a glider, and might be 60 sec long at the longest. On a gusty day I might have to modulate spoilers 3 or 4 times. But it easily takes me at least 2 to 4 sec to really sense my new setdown point after changing my glideslope by modulating spoilers. I’d say it’s about the same in power, but my finals are much longer and more shallow, and I usually stop modulating power 30 sec from touchdown. I’m just blown away by how tight these guys are and how fast they are entering power settings.

    • Andrew, the pilot is working hard to fly the ball – the visual glideslope indicator for the aircraft carrier. COD pilots earn their money flying the ball as you’ve noticed…the aircraft is old school, no automated flight controls or anything. Many power adjustments are required to precisely fly that glidepath…each power change requires a rudder input (p-factor is huge in a plane with almost 10,000hp) and finally plenty of aileron input is needed to keep the fleet’s largest tailhook airplane on center line. Any deviation beyond a few feet will cause the pilot to likely hit something in that tight space. Thanks for the appreciation!

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