S-2F housed at MAPS photo ©
nose art details for "Sub-Standard"
Background (contributed by James Kohan):
Developed and first flown in 1952 to perform
anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations, the Tracker took
over from hunter/killer teams of TBM/TBF Avengers.
Due to their limited capacity, there would be a
"hunter" TBM with the necessary detection gear
to find enemy submarines, who would them pass the
information off to the "killer" TBM, who would
prosecute the attack.
first of 755 production S-2s entered service in 1954 and
soon established themselves as the Navy's front-line
carrier based ASW aircraft. The last frontline
Trackers were retired from active duty in 1976, replaced
by the S-3 Viking.
their decommission from active service, many S-2s
continued as fire bombers, attacking widespread forest
fires using chemical retardants.
Span: 72 ft. 7 in.
Length: 43 ft. 6 in.
Height: 16 ft. 7 in.
Armament: Combination of depth-charges, torpedoes,
and unguided rockets.
Engines: Two Wright R-1820-82WA of 1,520 hp each
Maximum speed: 235 mph.
Cruising speed: 230 mph.
Range: 1150 miles
Service Ceiling: 20,100 ft.