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Flight Ready: C-2 Greyhound 50th Anniversary

For 50 years, the C-2A Greyhound has delivered solutions and smiles across the seas. Watch to learn more about this "workhorse" of the Navy and see the integral logistical support it continues to provide deployed combat groups today.


The C-2A Greyhound is a high wing, twin-engine Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) aircraft.


Powered by twin Allison T56-A-425 turboprop engines and Hamilton-Sundstrand constant speed propellers, the C-2A Greyhound can transport cargo between ship and shore in a matter of hours. As a derivative of the E-2C 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. An on-board Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) provides aircraft self-sufficiency at remote airfields.

The C-2 fleet provides rapid airborne logistics capability to the carrier strike force across a full range of sea basing military operations. Avionics system improvements, an aircraft electrical rewire and structural enhancements provide the fleet with an economically viable C-2 platform for the duration of its service.


Primary Function: Carrier On-board Delivery (COD) aircraft
Prime Contractor: Northrop Grumman
Unit Cost: $38.96 million
Propulsion: Two Allison T56-A-425 turboprop engines; 4,600 shaft horsepower each
Length: 56 feet 10 inches (17.3 meters)
Height: 17 feet 2 inches (5.28 meters)
Wingspan: 80 feet 7 inches (24.56 meters)
Weight: Max. Gross, take-off: 57,500 lbs (26,082 kg)
Airspeed: Cruise - Approximately 260 knots true airspeed speed; Max - Approximately 343 knots
Ceiling: 30,000 feet (9,144 meters)

E-2 C-2 slick sheet (1 mb)