Loral GZ-22 “Spirit of Akron”

Aircraft Background Originally built for the purpose of demonstrating the modern military capability of airships to the US Navy, the GZ-22 was originally designed by Goodyear but built by Loral after Goodyear withdrew from airship manufacturing. The GZ-22 had a steel framed and composite skinned gondola with a neoprene-impregnated polyester 2-ply envelope filled with helium. […]

Grumman S-2F “Tracker”

Aircraft Background 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, […]