Aircraft Data Sheet

for C1-A Bu. No. 146036


The C-1A Trader was a derivative of the Grumman S-2 Tracker anti-submarine aircraft. It appeared in 1955 as the TF-1, later becoming the C-1A Trader. This had a new fuselage with accommodations for nine passengers and was designed as a carrier on-board delivery (COD) transport. Production totaled 87 and included four G-125 EC-1As (TF-1Q) modified for electronic countermeasures missions. (source: United States Navy Aircraft since 1911 by Gordon Swanborough and Peter Bowers)

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This photo was submitted by Nick Thompson.






Remarks:   Restoration is complete, and it was moved aboard Midway on 28 September 2004.  This aircraft is sponsored.
Assignment history not yet available.  However, it is known that 146036 was once assigned as USS Midway's COD (Carrier Onboard Delivery).


"MIDWAY's C1A detachment, known as "Easy Way Airlines" was conceived, born and in full carrier operation in less than two weeks.  During MIDWAY's conversion, all aviation fuel tanks were converted for jet fuel only and it was planned that only the turbojet powered C2A COD aircraft would be utilized.  While enroute to the Western Pacific word was received that all CVA's would be required to carry one C1A aircraft for logistics, mail and cargo flights.  MIDWAY accepted her own C1A on 12 May 1971.  The original "Cod Squad" crews conducted field quals at NAS Cubi Point on 14-15 May, initial carrier quals on 16-17 May and flew the first scheduled logistics flights on 18 May, MIDWAY's first day on the line.  Triple Zero (000) met every scheduled commitment throughout the deployment.  Being based at Da Nang Air Base, RVN, careful, thorough fuel planning and management by flight crews was mandatory in conducting operations aboard ship without a fueling capability.  This professional approach to airmanship was evident during every line period."

"Easy Way Airlines displayed MIDWAY's flag throughout many foreign airports including Japan, Philippines, Okinawa, Taiwan, South Vietnam, and Thailand.  C1A Triple Zero returns to San Francisco with MIDWAY and will continue its operations out of NAS Alameda, Calif."  "Voyage 71" USS Midway's 1971 Cruise Book.

1971 Cruise Book Photo


This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation. 


Page updated on 30 November 2007