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Navy C-2As Turn Another Chapter

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS120920-33

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Wilyanna Harper, Naval Air Forces Pacific Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 ended another phase in Naval Aviation history with the final flight of the last four-bladed propeller C-2A Greyhound aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, Sept. 18.

Pilots and aircrew gathered to watch as Aircraft 162155, flown by VRC-30 Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Joel Becker, returned from the skies to conclude a 27-year era of the Navy's C-2A Lot-1 aircraft. As a part of the Service Life Extension Program, the Navy's C2 community has been in the process of converting its inventory of Lot-1s to Lot-4s, which are the eight-bladed propeller version of the aircraft.

Becker, who was also taking his final flight as the Providers' skipper, said it was quite a special moment.

"It's a pretty proud day not only for VRC-30, but it's a great day for the Navy," said Becker. "We've invested in new technology that, in my estimation, performs well. Pilots love the new conversions, mechanics find them easier to work with and the electricians love the fact that the new platform doesn't vibrate nearly as much, causing a lot of the electrical problems we used to see in the Lot-1s."

It means a great deal that after Tuesday's flight VRC-30 is a Lot-4 squadron said Becker.

"Thirty months ago, VRC-30 was a Lot-1 squadron. For the last two and a half years the crew has been carrying 15 to 16 aircraft while undergoing a rolling transition. It took alot of coordination from our wing, a lot of coordination with NAVAIR and honestly a lot of hard work on behalf of the Sailors, who did a fantastic job," he said.

Lt. Sean Waldron, a VRC-30 pilot, explained that most of the squadron had a strong tie to the Lot-1 series Greyhound and said that it was a sentimental experience for them to see it fly its last operational flight.

The final flight of this particular Lot-1 was also made memorable by the fact that it was actually the first C-2A that Becker ever flew in the Navy, as a student in flight training school, in March of 1999.

"We kind of found this out by mistake. I just happened to be checking my log book as we were going through and saw that this particular aircraft and myself had some history," said Becker.

Becker stated that even 13 years later, the aircraft appeared to be in better condition today than when he first flew it.

The Navy's last C-2A Lot-1 aircraft will get a new "glass cockpit" installed for enhanced situational awareness and then be transferred to Norfolk to complete modifications that will extend its operating service life to 2028. Technicians will give it an eight-bladed propeller upgrade, making it an official C-2A Lot-4.

Navy C-2 Greyhounds, which were first flown in 1964, are generally used to transport people and equipment from shore bases to aircraft carriers. Commonly referred to as Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) aircraft, they are able to ferry up to 10,000 pounds of cargo and passengers.

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