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Grumman S2F/S-2 Tracker

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In the late 1940s, the US Navy finalized its ideas on a carrier-based submarine hunter/killer aircraft.  The Grumman S2F was designed to meet this role and first flew in 1952.  The S2F was redesignated as the S-2 in 1962 and not phased out until replaced by the Lockheed S-3 Viking in the mid-1970s.

Variants of the Tracker were also used as transports (the C-1 Trader) and Airborne Early Warning aircraft (the E-1 Tracer).

Trackers served in the armed forces of Australia, Canada and Israel.

After being phased out of military service, several Trackers have been converted to firefighting aircraft named the Firecat.

The original designation of S2F led to this aircraft's other nickname...Stoof.

 Specifications (S-2E)  Designations
Type: Anti-submarine
Engine: two 1,525 hp (1137 kW) Wright R-1820-82WA Cyclones
S2F: U.S. Navy Anti-Submarine (prior to 1962)
S-2: U.S. Navy Anti-Submarine (after 1962)
TF: Transport version (prior to 1962) named Trader
C-1: Transport version (after 1962)
WF: AEW version (prior to 1962) named Tracer (nicknamed "Willie Fudd")
E-1: AEW version (after 1962)
CS2F: license-built by deHavilland of Canada (later changed to CP-121)
TS-2: Trainer
 Related Pages  Links to Related Websites
More about Grumman Aircraft
Tracker Air Group
The World's First Grumman S-2 Tracker Website
Clarke's S-2 Tracker Museum

page updated 13 February 2008



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