Confessions of a COD Pilot

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Confessions of a COD Pilot

Post by codguy » April 11th 2023, 10:26am

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The pilot's story below is reflective of much of my own experience (and with equal though different non-normal emergencies). The mission & lifestyle were all that.
After reading this, I swear I can still taste the JP5 & cheese on stale bread sandwiches typical from an aircraft-carrier box lunch. Yep, those fucking box lunches molded us into whom we are for better or worse.

FWIW- I started my actual C-2 career in late '79 post schooling which eventually included four different COD squadron tours (among other platforms).


At a pleasant GTG dinner some time ago in the meth capital of the NW, Alain (koimaster for the noobs) asked me why I enjoyed aviating with the C-2A over the C-130-------------
my response was anybody & everybody has flown the Hercules, but only a very small number of aviators ever did their thing in the C-2 Greyhound.


So, here you go ↓. Long read if you are bored

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/1 ... very-pilot

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Re: Confessions of a COD Pilot

Post by Mark1 » April 12th 2023, 5:56pm

Always like to read or hear some of the old war stories. It's been a long time since I remembered how much I have forgotten about the Omega navigation system. Think of it as an early earthbound GPS system, similar to Loran but with longer range due to the lower frequency signal. And being an Air Force guy, I will point out that the Allieson T56 engines that the COD and Hawkeye used were initially developed for the C130. So there. I didn't see any of the pictures showing the updated composite props so here you go. This pic is from the Reno air races a few years ago. Sadly, this is probably the final year for the Reno air races.

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Note: I misspelled Allieson on edit because it showed up as svaglic when posted. Can we get Dino on the horn?
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Re: Confessions of a COD Pilot

Post by gerdson » April 12th 2023, 11:12pm

Mark1 wrote:
April 12th 2023, 5:56pm
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Note: I misspelled Allieson on edit because it showed up as svaglic when posted. Can we get Dino on the horn?
Tried to fix it best I could. Hm...
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Re: Confessions of a COD Pilot

Post by Mark1 » April 13th 2023, 12:06am

gerdson wrote:
April 12th 2023, 11:12pm
Mark1 wrote:
April 12th 2023, 5:56pm
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Note: I misspelled Allieson on edit because it showed up as svaglic when posted. Can we get Dino on the horn?
Tried to fix it best I could. Hm...
Appreciate the effort, I hadn't thought of that. You're correction at least makes it easier for others to see the problem. Some may have thought I'd gone nuts entirely. I had run into some of Alains edits before. Try posting our favorite bowling alley bandits name and it mysteriously changes as well.
Certainly there are other examples. Somewhere Alain is grinning at us.
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