A noteworthy chapter of Naval test flight came to an end last month at Naval Air Station Patuxent River when C-2A Greyhound BuNo 162142 made its final flight, taking to the air with a crew of veterans who had flown the aircraft countless times over its nearly 30-year career with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20. “I’m on my third tour with VX-20, and 142 has been here the whole time as a test article on many projects,” said Cmdr. Matthew “Cupcake” Tharp, VX-20’s commanding officer. “It really stuck around for the last couple of years for Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System and Advanced Arresting Gear testing. On top of that, we’ve used it as a workhorse. We’ve hauled gear from Pax River to Point Mugu and back, and everywhere in between to support our missions. It’s one of those airplanes that you can just count on. When we needed it, it came through for us.” “I’ll say this, it likes to fly,” Tharp added. “When you let it sit, it gets grouchy and doesn’t want to come out. But once you let it fly, that airplane just keeps going.” Delivered to the Navy in 1985 as the third of […]
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