NEWS: November 2 - 5, 2017 there will be the VR-24 Reunion in Norfolk, VA. More at http://www.vr-24.org/reunion.htm
|FLETACSUPPRON 24||LIFTING EAGLE||VR-24||VR-24 C-1A / C-2A C.O.D. Patch|
|FLETACSUPPRON to 1982||C-2A GREYHOUND||Bruce C. Thompson Collection|
The primary mission of VR-24 was to service the U.S. Navy 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean, and when called upon, U.S. Naval Forces operating in other parts of the world. VR-24 and its Detachments delivered freight, mail, and personnel to U.S., NATO, and friendly foreign bases, ports of call, and via Carrier-On-deck-Delivery, to U.S. Navy ships at sea. VR-24 also performed life-saving medical evacuations and disaster relief missions throughout its far-flung areas of operation. To accomplish their mission, VR-24 air crews often flew in and out of airports that had only primitive communications and navigation aids, cargo handling equipment, and ground support services. Missions were often completed under the most adverse weather conditions. COD aircrews providing the vital link between land bases and ship at sea, often operated at maximum ranges from austere remote detachment sites. The men and women of VR-24 met these challenges through hard work, long hours, and innovation. VR-24 soon became known as the "world's biggest little airline" that could deliver .....................ANYTHING, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE.
|YEAR||AIRCRAFT CARRIER||C-2A BuNo (Modex/Side Number)||OPERATION||REMARKS|
|1979||CDR Richard J. Palma|
|1980||CDR Richard D. White|
|1981||USS AMERICA (CV-66) / VR-24 DET ALPHA||(34)||MED||CDR D. Coovrey; LT J Brewer; LT T. Biery; LT S. Potts|
|1982||USS FORESSTAL||LT Sam Potts, LT Brewer|
|1989||USS AMERICA (CV-66)||(26)||VR-24 DET ALPHA||CAPT Jack D. Punches in Sigonella, Sicily as the Executive Officer in October 1989. He assumed command of VR-24 in January 1991 and deployed to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in support of Operations Desert Storm/ Desert Shield.|
|1992||162143 (JM-24), 162158 (JM-27)||LCDR G. Short, CDR A. Murphy, LTJG M. Ripperger|
Grumman C-2A Greyhound BuNo 152791 of the VR-24 Lifting Eagles JM-33 in the Mediterranean Sea.
C-2A(R) BuNo 162142 of the VR-24 in Sigonella, Italy.
C-2A(R) BuNo 162174 and two other C-2A at the Naval Air Station, Sigonella. C-2A Greyhound aircraft of Fleet Logistics Support Squadrons VR-24 and VRC-40 undergo preflight checks prior to takeoff. The VR-24 Greyhounds are the last C-2As of that squadron to leave the station following the decommissioning of VR-24, due to budgetary constraints, after 46 years of service at January 11, 1993. Photo by PH2 John Bivera (National Archives at College Park)
Internet Link to VR-24 related pages: http://vr-24.org/