passengers, or both. Its also equipped to accept litter
patients in medical evacuation missions. Cargo such as
jet engines can be transported from shore to ship in a
matter of hours. A cage system or transport stand
provides cargo restraint for loads during carrier launch
or landing. The large aft cargo ramp and door and a
powered winch allow straight-in rear cargo loading and
downloading for fast turnaround. The C-2As
open-ramp flight capability allows airdrop of supplies
and personnel from a carrier-launched aircraft. This,
plus its folding wings and an on-board auxiliary power
u n i t f o r e n g i n e s t a r t i n g a n d g r o u n d p ow e r
self-sufficiency in remote areas, provide an operational
versatility found in no other cargo aircraft.
C-2 SKYTRAIN.The C-9 Skytrain (fig. 8-51)
fleet is located throughout the continental United States,
Europe, and Asia. The Navy and Marine Corps C-9
aircraft provide cargo and passenger transportation as
well as forward deployment logistics support. The Air
Force C-9s are used for medical evacuation, passenger
transportation, and special missions. The C-9 Skytrain
is the military version of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9
used for many years by commercial airlines.
C-12 HURON.The C-12 Huron is a twin-engine
logistics aircraft that carries passengers and cargo
between military installations. The C-12F provides
logistics support between Navy air stations. Its
powered by two PT-6A-42 turboprop engines and can
deliver a total payload of up to 4,215 pounds. The cabin
can carry cargo, passengers, or both. It is also equipped
to accept litter patients in medical evacuation missions.
C-130 HERCULES.The C-130 Hercules (fig.
8-52) is a four-engine turboprop aircraft. Its the
workhorse of the military services, capable of landing
and taking off from short, rough dirt runways. Its a
people and cargo hauler thats used in a wide variety of
other roles, such as gunships, weather watchers,
tankers, firefighters and aerial ambulances. There are
more than 40 versions of the Hercules, and it is widely
used by more than 50 nations.
T-45A GOSHAWK.The T-45A Goshawk (fig.
8-53) is a tandem-seat, carrier capable, jet trainer. The
Photograph courtesy of PH2 Damon J. Mortiz
Figure 8-48.E-2C Hawkeye waits for direction prior to
flight operations on the USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
Photograph courtesy of LCDR Mike Harrison
Figure 8-49.ES-3 Shadow landing aboard USS George
Washington (CVN 73).
Photograph courtesy of Larry Smith
Figure 8-50.C-2A Greyhound landing aboard
USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67).