Grumman S-2 Tracker
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Grumman S-2 Tracker

The Tracker is a twin 1,136.4kW Wright R-1820-82WA-powered carrier-based antisubmarine search and attack aircraft, produced originally for the US Navy but currently also in service with the air forces and navies of several countries.

The prototype flew for the first time on 4 December 1952 and more than 1,000 S-2s were delivered by Grumman. The initial production version was designated S-2A (CP-121, formerly CS2F-1 for the Canadian version). Next came the S-2B with new anti-submarine detection equipment; the TS-2B trainer; S-2G with enlarged bomb bays to house two homing torpedoes (most converted to US-2C or RS-2C); S-2D with improved anti-submarine equipment, wider cockpit and longer range; S-2E with improved anti-submarine equipment; S-2F with uprated submarine detection equipment; S-2G, early version uprated with a Martin Marietta kit; US-2A/C, S-2A/C converted for target towing; US-2B utility/transport conversion of the S-2B; RS-2C, S-2C converted for photo-reconnaissance/ survey work; AS-2D, S-2D modified for night attack; and E-1B Tracer, AEW version with a radome on its back.

S-2E Tracker

 ENGINE2 x Wright R-1820-82WA Cyclone, 1137kW
    Take-off weight13222 kg29150 lb
    Empty weight8505 kg18750 lb
    Wingspan22.12 m73 ft 7 in
    Length13.26 m44 ft 6 in
    Height5.05 m17 ft 7 in
    Wing area46.08 m2496.00 sq ft
    Max. speed426 km/h265 mph
    Cruise speed241 km/h150 mph
    Range w/max.fuel2092 km1300 miles
 ARMAMENTone nuclear dive bomb, sonobouy launchers, bombs, missiles, torpedos

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Doug Snyder AK3, 21.03.2015

I was in VS23 (Black Cats) from Sept 1965 to June 1968. Flew as #3 operator. Before terminating flying in Feb 68 due to back problems I was part of the crew that perished off of Vietnam on March 17,1968.

Howard Seals, 22.02.2015

I had the pleasure of joining VS-25 in 1959 after finishing electronics school in Memphis, Tn.. My tour of duty was from 8/1958 to 8/1962. VS-25 was located in Los Al.,southern Ca.. I did 2 'west pac' cruises and won my AC golden wings in 1960.
I was fortunate to operate both back seats and had time in the right hand seat on cross country flights. Enjoyed the tour of duty, because of the training I went to work for IBM and I had a 35 yr career. Thank you Navy, S2F, and all the great people I met during my tour of duty. I still remember the 3 bolders before catching the wire. Peace!

Dr Richard Dexter Olson, 04.02.2015

I flew this beauty from Feb `55-Aug57, from Quonset Point RI; we were deployed abourd the USS Leyte, USS Tarawa, & USS Antietam; great airplane & enjoyed every minute of it; would love to hear from anyone who was there at that time

Leonard Cook, 10.12.2014

In Dec 1964, at age 18, I enlisted in the Naval Air Reserve in VS-771 a NAS Los Alamitos, Long Beach, CA. Spent 4.5 months in ADR school in Memphis from 3/64 to 8/64 and then started college. By the time my 6 years were up I had made E-5(in 3.5 years) and was aircrew/flying seats 3&4 on at least one flight per monthly drill weekend. I also qual'd as a plane captain. Once I had my college degree I was "hounded" monthly by my CO to go OCS and pilot training, but chose to start law school in 9/69. Great memories of napping on a wing near a warm engine at 2300 hrs while waiting for the refueling truck. Still get a kick out hearing/seeing an S-2 refitted with turboprops flying for CDF.

Gary Nagorka, 30.11.2014

I was in Uncle Sams Navy between 1965 & 1969, VS-35 out of North Island San Diego/ U.S.S. Hornet CVS - 12. Aw-3 Air Anti-Submarine operator 3 & 4. Enjoyied the whole experiance, saw over two hundred traps off the Hornet and during a couple carrior quals on the York Town. Flew with three different Commanding Officers of VS-35, went West Pac
on two separate occasions. Enjoyied the whole experience, and never will understand why I chose to leave when it came time to ship over.

Jim Biggers, 11.10.2014

Does the S2 have an angle-of-attack indicator?

Doug Cox (Ierien) ADR2, 09.10.2014

I was a Aircrewman / Plane Capt on our two S-2's and one C-1 that were ships company aircraft at NAS Fallon Nv. from 1977 to 1980. One of our old S-2's is now deactivated with the CDF in northern cali.. BuNo 136546, I understand that 136760 and 144704 were scrapped and are in Tucson AZ.
I concur with everyone that there's nothing like those Wright / Pratt Whitney R-1820-82B's! I miss flying those things.. got 480 hrs in them back in the late 70's.

Jim burns, 27.08.2014

I was at VS-30 NAS boca chica from May 64 thru March 66. I worked in operations and took care of all pilot flight logs and entry's . I also prepared the daly flight schedule . Had a great time and many happy memories of.the old key west.

ED HALETT, 10.08.2014

I would like some info on e S-2F so i could build a scale R/C plane please contact me.

Doug Campbell, 18.07.2014

I was air crew AX-2, #3&4 with VS-27. In service from 2/63 to 2/67. Many fond memories. It seems vs-27 is being lost in history! No mention of our two week 24/7 engagement of multiple soviet submarines in the Med during a Med deployment.

gary lee, 22.06.2014

plane capt on s2 and s2e 63 to 65

Lawrence E. Budreau, 14.06.2014

i worked on the s2f at boca chica from 62 to 65.if any body was there, let me know.

Riley Beebe, 04.06.2014

I was able to qualify as an S-2 radar operator in VS776 at NAS Los Alamedos (reserve squadron) in 1959. I believe that it was about that time that one of VS 776's Stoofs smacked into San Clemente Island. I went active duty did A school and was assigned to VS-21 which got split into VS-23 and VS-25. I was an AT3 and made aircrew in VS-25. My pilot was Lt-jg Huton, Copilot was Lt-jg J.J. Shultz and the Radar operator was TL Manning. Went to WESTPac in 61/62 on the USS Yorktown (CVS-10). Launched and trapped in every conceivable kind of weather. I have a photo of the flight deck covered with snow. We launched with both pilots and me as the radar operator to look for a freighter up in the north pacific. Found him and flew back, trapped on deck with only the cables clear. My last deployment on the Yorktown was to go down to the Johnson Island to watch the Navy blow up some very big bombs. I qualified for my AC gold wings made E-5 before stopped counting launches at 100.

Terry Brown, 24.03.2014

John, you and I were shipmates on the 67-68 WestPac cruise in VS-21. I was an ATN3(AC) and flew in the back of the S2. We flew surveillance flights along the North Vietnam coast. I took about 88 Cat shots and about the same number of arrested landings about the "Mighty Kay" USS Kearsarge CVS-33.

We lost my original co-pilot, Dan Sullivan, when an S2 he was test flying, after repair, went down in the mountains of the Philippines during that cruise. My pilot, John Ouderkirk, passed away in 2012, I'm told.

I'd give just about about anything for one more Cat Shot in an S2 off a carrier. WHAT A KICK!! And you guys thought there was nothing better than sex!!! ;-) Those were definitely the days. Love seeing the California CDF guys flying over in summer even if they put the wrong engines in their S2s. - Best to all

Mac, 22.03.2014

I remember these heading out to sea in the late 1960's from NAS Lakehurst, NJ. Nothing like the sound of those big Wright Cyclone radials.

John S. Shackelford, 26.02.2014

Served VS-21 as an AZ3. Years of service 1967 t0 1970 at North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado CA. Two WESTPAC's. Took care of aircraft maintenance logbooks and coordinated the aircraft maintenance program. San Diego was nice....great weather. Hong Kong liberty.

Wendell D Seal, 17.01.2014

I was an AT and worked on and flew as an air crewman on the S2F1/2 and S2F-3's. I was in VS-37 from mid 1959 until late 1961. We were land based at either Los Alimitos and NAS North Island, CA. We also went on a West Pac tour on the USS Hornet.

Dean Marchione, 22.12.2013

Did my training tour for a VS squadron in the RAG squadron VS-41 at NAS North Island, then reported to VS-38 as a engine mechanic on the S2F-E Tracker aircraft. Flew many missions as a third seat man flying from the decks of the U.S.S.BENNINGTON CVS-20. Made one WEST-PAC cruise aboard CVS20, then got orders to FLIGHT ENGINEER school and returned to the AEW community with AEWBARRO-PAC, then on to VW-1 TYPHOON TRACKERS on Guam. Was only in the VS community for two years, but loved the work and the flight time in a Grumman S2F. I was/am "CAR CRAZY" and love classics and cab over engine COE trucks. I always liked the looks of the fuselage on the S2F because I thought it looked like a 1940 FORD COE.

Mike Dew, 26.11.2013

Assigned to VS-37 from 1975 - 1978. Made one cruise with S2 before the transistion to S-3s. Worked I-Level on the USM-403 HATS System.

Lee VB, 21.11.2013

VS-24, 1974-76, last S-2G deployment on board Saratoga. Started in Line Shack and ended up flight crew. Good times.

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