The C-2A Greyhound provides critical logistics support to Carrier Strike Groups. Its primary mission is the transport of high-priority cargo, mail and passengers between carriers and shore bases. Powered by twin Allison T56-A-425 turboprop engines and Hamilton-Standard constant speed propellers, the C-2A can deliver a combined payload of 10,000 pounds over a distance in excess of 1,000 nm. The interior arrangement of the cabin can readily accommodate cargo, passengers and litter patients. Priority cargo such as jet engines can be transported from shore to ship in a matter of hours. A cargo cage system or transport stand provides restraint for loads during launches and landings. The large aft cargo ramp/door and a powered winch allow straight-in rear cargo loading and unloading for fast turnaround. The C-2A's in-flight ramp open capability allows airdrop of supplies and personnel. Its on-board Auxiliary Power Unit provides engine-starting capability and ground power self-sufficiency in remote areas provides an operational versatility found in no other cargo aircraft. The aircraft is currently undergoing a Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) to increase its operating service life from 15,020 landings and 10, 000 flight hours to 36,000 landings and 15,000 flight hours. The changes being incorporated are; Structural Enhancements, aircraft Rewire, Avionics Systems improvements and a new propeller system. Additionally, as mandated by Congress and the Chief of Naval Operations, two passenger carrying safety requirements are being integrated into the C-2A. They are Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System and Terrain Awareness Warning System. The SLEP is necessary to make the C-2A a viable and economically maintainable platform until it is replaced.
Watch this C-2 Cod emergency landing and evacuation. Good piloting.