The Grumman C-2A Greyhound is a twin-engine, high-wing cargo aircraft, designed to perform the COD (Carrier Onboard Delivery) mission for the U.S. Navy aircraft carriers.
The aircraft, that has carried out the mission for more than 55 years, regularly transporting equipment, passengers (including occasional distinguished visitors) supplies and mail to and from U.S. flattops, will soon be retired: the type is being replaced by 58 CMV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft included in a 4.2B USD contract signed by the Pentagon in 2018 to fully replace the C-2 fleet. The last squadron is expected to phase out the Greyhound in 2024.
Our friend Rob Roy is a former Naval Aviator who flew the C-2A Greyhound with the “Rawhides” of VRC-40. His cool videos filmed during his career flying the type provide an unprecedented look at the C-2’s blue water operations inside and outside the cockpit (check these ones we have already commented, showing Rob not even blinking on approach to the carrier or performing a bolter and a waveoff).
The following one is, once again pretty cool, as it shows a catapult shot off ‘Cat 4’ (catapult #4) on the USS Harry S. Truman.