force to provide early warning of approaching enemy
aircraft and direct interceptors into attack position.
E-2C HAWKEYE.The E-2C Hawkeye (fig.
8-48) has long-range antennas that are enclosed in a
saucer-shaped, rotating disk atop the fuselage. The
Hawkeye is manned by a crew of five.
ES-3 SHADOW. The ES-3 Shadow (fig. 8-49) is
a jet aircraft used to collect and disseminate tactical
aircraft resembles the S-3 Viking, with the addition of
numerous antennas and antenna housings. The ES-3
Shadow is a carrier-based, subsonic, all-weather,
long-range, electronic reconnaissance aircraft. It
operates primarily with carrier battle groups providing
indications and warning support to the battle group and
joint theater commanders. It carries an electronic
sensors and communications gear.
C-2A GREYHOUND. The C-2A Greyhound
(fig. 8-50) is a twin-engine cargo aircraft, designed to
land on aircraft carriers. The C-2A Greyhound provides
logistics support to aircraft carriers. Its powered by two
PT-6 turboprop engines and can deliver a payload of up
to 10,000 pounds. The cabin can carry cargo,
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
unit for engine starting and ground power
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
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).