Carrier Onboard Delivery [COD] Aircraft of VRC-50


Throughout the history of VRC-50...the squadron operated 3 dedicated COD aircraft types. These were the
.....Grumman C-1A Trader.....Grumman C-2A Greyhound......and the Lockheed US-3A Viking.....
Our ancestor squadron...VR-21...flew the General Motors TBM-3R Torpecker


Photos and more historical information to be added to this page.

Short History of COD Aircraft [Source: "The Mighty COD..The Unsung Heroes of Carrier Aviation" by CAPT Wynn F. Foster, USN (Ret)]

Here is some data on the 4 dedicated COD Aircraft the US Navy has utilized:

TBM-3R Torpecker
General Motors
C-1A Trader
Grumman
C-2A Greyhound
Grumman
US-3A Viking
Lockheed
CREW - 2 [1 pilot(s) - 1 crew ] CREW - 3 [2 pilot(s) - 1 crew ] CREW - 4 [2 pilot(s) - 2 crew ] CREW - 3 [2 pilot(s) - 1 crew ]
PAX - 5* PAX - 8* PAX - 26* PAX - 5*
CARGO - 1700 lbs** CARGO - 3500 lbs** CARGO - 10000 lbs** CARGO - 5750 lbs**
RANGE - 1000 miles*** RANGE - 1000 miles*** RANGE - 1440 miles*** RANGE - 2000 miles***
In Service from 1950 - 1955# In Service from 1955 - 1988 In Service from 1966 - In Service from 1977 - 1994
NOTE: * indicates Max Pax Capacity...configuration dependent -- ** indicates Max Cargo Capacity...configuration dependent.
*** indicates estimated.
#: indicates not too sure