Today, it has been reported that a U.S. Navy transport plane, the C-2 Greyhound, has crashed in teh Philippine Sea (which is to the south of Japan). There were 11 people on board at the time, although most have been rescued already.
The C-2 Greyhound is made by Northrop Grumman, and is an aircraft carrier based plane. It has been around since the 1960s, although there are multiple variations of the plane.
The plane can carry up to 26 passengers, and a load of 20,0000 pounds. Generally the C-2 Greyhound is used as a transport plane, carrying supplies from an aircraft carrier to a land base, although it’s also used for other types of logistics operations.
Here is what the Navy says about the plane:
The C-2A Greyhound replaced the piston-engine powered C-1 Trader in the Carrier On-board Delivery role. The first of two prototypes flew in 1964 and production began the following year. The original C-2A aircraft were overhauled to extend their operational life in 1973. In 1984, a contract was awarded for 39 new C-2A aircraft to replace the earlier airframes. Dubbed the Reprocured C-2A due to the similarity to the original aircraft, the new C-2A includes substantial airframe and avionic systems improvements. All the older C-2As were phased out in 1987, and the last of the new models was delivered in 1990.
During the period November 1985 to February 1987, VR-24, operating with seven Reprocured C-2As, demonstrated exceptional operational readiness while delivering two million pounds of cargo, two million pounds of mail and 14,000 passengers in support of the European and Mediterranean Theatre commands. The C-2A also provided support to the Carrier Strike Groups during Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
As of April 2018, the unit cost for a C-2 Greyhound is $38.96 million. That means each plane costs nearly $40 million. The military has a total of around 60 planes, bringing the total cost to the United States military to around $2.4 billion.