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Confessions Of A C-2 Greyhound COD Pilot

Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:32 am

Something I enjoyed reading:

Confessions Of A C-2 Greyhound Carrier Onboard Delivery Pilot

Seems like that mission builds character(s)...
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Re: Confessions Of A C-2 Greyhound COD Pilot

Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:51 am

A great read, and it throws a little more insight into the recent tragic crash.
Something for the navy to consider...
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Re: Confessions Of A C-2 Greyhound COD Pilot

Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:24 pm

I’m trying to understand why the T-56, so good on C-130s, P-3s and Electras, was so awful on the C-2?

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Re: Confessions Of A C-2 Greyhound COD Pilot

Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:38 pm

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
I’m trying to understand why the T-56, so good on C-130s, P-3s and Electras, was so awful on the C-2?


Going by that guy's story he was mostly criticizing the combo of engines and systems knit around it.
The C2, E2 are twins. dropping in on a carrier or ( maybe even worse for the C2) infrastructure void land bases.

Lots of machinery working perfectly in a regulated environment around
that shows streaks of FUBAR love if you omit the "well regulated" property.
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Re: Confessions Of A C-2 Greyhound COD Pilot

Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:41 pm

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
I’m trying to understand why the T-56, so good on C-130s, P-3s and Electras, was so awful on the C-2?

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The article makes it sound like their particular squadron of four C2s was at that point in time quite overtasked and underfunded and thus not enough maintenance to keep reliability up.

It also sounds like the engine of that era did not provide enough power for the application.
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Re: Confessions Of A C-2 Greyhound COD Pilot

Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:42 pm

"GalaxyFlyer"]I’m trying to understand why the T-56, so good on C-130s, P-3s and Electras, was so awful on the C-2? GF


Is it the exact same variant? As soon as more horsepower is added, operated at different power settings/temperatures or do whatever to the core, the engine becomes a completely different beast. Perhaps because the C-2 has two and the others have four? I found that fact surprising as well.
 
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Re: Confessions Of A C-2 Greyhound COD Pilot

Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:06 pm

I was wondering if the author would comment on the V-22's, and wasn't surprised he's skeptical about the choice, including with regards to volume.

I have an acquaintance who said he actually tried to get assigned to flying the C-2, and instead ended up in Growlers. I thought that sounded backwards, but he explained that C-2 pilots are a lot less likely to spend extremely long periods of time away from family, so apparently it has its perks.
 
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Re: Confessions Of A C-2 Greyhound COD Pilot

Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:21 am

T-56s have been around forever and were a well-proven design when the E-2 was built. I suspect it’s rather typical Navy support and maintenance. The AF is the same way to a lesser degree. Guys that joined the Reserves from fighters were astounded by the unreliability and poor parts support for airlifters. They’d (Cold War time) have 90% mission ready planes and C-5s would be at 50%. That said, kick-off of the Desert Shield airlift, I took the last C-5 off the ramp to Pope. Every one of 13 9n-station we’re gone.

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