Grumman C-2A Greyhound VRC-50 BuNo 152786

Foo Dogs! The NAVY "COD" on deck of the USS BENNINGTON (CVS-20) in Gulf of Tonkin. 30 minutes later, the Grumman C-2A Greyhound left to Cubi Point. This is one of the rare images of a first C-2A series during the Vietnam war in October of 1968. At this time, the plane was nearly brand new. RG 53 and 55 were usualy flying to the USS BENNINGTON. At least I have images of them on the aircraft carrier.

 

Grumman C-2A Greyhound VRC-50 BuNo 152789

Grumman C-2A Greyhound BuNo 152789 of the "Foo Dogs" at Atsugi in 1975. You even see the Foo Dog patch of the copilot.

 

Grumman C-2A Greyhound VRC-50 BuNo 152789

Grumman C-2A Greyhound BuNo 152798 landing at Atsugi October 15, 1975. Boerries Burkhardt Collection

 

Grumman C-2A Greyhound VRC-50 BuNo 152786

Atsugi was not only the home base of the Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30, DET 5, it was the base for the Foo Dogs of the VRC-50, too. Here we see Grumman C-2A Greyhound BuNo 152789 Romeo Golf 412 on the runway at Atsugi, Japan in 1976.

Grumman C-2A Greyhound VRC-50 BuNo 152787

The Grumman C-2A Greyhound BuNo 152787 was photographed in 1967 onboard the USS Hancock aircraft carrier. It is interesting that the C-2A at these times had the COD - Carrier Onboard Delivery - letters on the nose. The image is coming from the Aeroresearch Collection.

 

Grumman C-2A Greyhound BuNo 152787 from the VR-24 Lifting Eagles on final approach. Please note the SUPER COD lettering on the engine. Date and location unknown.

Grumman C-2A Greyhound BuNo 152786

This is an interesting image of the Grumman C-2A Greyhound BuNo 152786. I have no date or location with the slide. The C-2A went short after delivery at October 1966 to the VRC-50 Foo Dogs at NAS CubiPoint. Later they transfered the 152786 to the VR-24 Lifting Eagles. First I thought that this image was after the Greyhound came back from the VR-24 to the VRC-40, the Rawhides, but the propeller at this engine looks like the first Aero props. Ca. 1974 the propellers were changed to the round corner once. To the left is Navy’s version of the F-111, so it must be late 60's. Could it be that this image was taken at NAS Alameda and the C-2A was with the VR-30 before he was transfered to the VRC-50 ? Speculation, but maybe somebody could help here.

 

Grumman C-2A Greyhound BuNo 152786 from the VR-24, Lifting Eagles as BRADSHAW 32 on final approach sometimes in September 1981. Boerries Burkhardt Collection.