The Grumman S-2 Tracker (previously S2F prior to 1962) was the first purpose-built, single airframe anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft to enter service with the U.S. Navy. Designed and initially built by Grumman, the Tracker was of conventional design with twin engines, a high wing and tricycle undercarriage. The type was exported to a number of navies around the world. Introduced in 1952 the Tracker saw service in the USN until the mid-1970s with a few aircraft remaining in service with other air arms into the 21st century. The last operating fleet is maintained by Argentina and Brazil. - WikipediaSo it seems that a very good buddy of mine ran into a fellow who used to fly S-2 trackers with VS-24 off of the USS Intrepid during Vietnam. A request was made to showcase the Grumman S-2 Tracker. It's a request I'm honored to fulfill. This one goes out to that naval aviator Murphy met at the local airport. Sir, I salute you and your shipmates!
A U.S. Navy Grumman S-2E Tracker from Anti-Submarine Squadron VS-24 Duty Cats unfolding its wings aboard the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid (CVS-11). VS-24 was assigned to Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 56 (CVSG-56) aboard the Intrepid for a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea from 16 April to 15 October 1971.
|VS-24 Stoof onboard USS Intrepid|
The S-2 carried the nickname "Stoof" (S-two-F) throughout its military career; and the E-1 Tracer variant with the large overhead radome was colloquially called the "stoof with a roof." - Wikipedia
|E-1 Tracer "Stoof with a roof"|
There was also a COD variant, the C-1 Trader -
|Carrier Onboard Delivery, The COD|
Old school ASW!
|A U.S. Navy Grumman US-2C ''Tracker'' (BuNo 133345) from composite squadron VC-3 ''Chukar Pups''.|
VC-3 operated the US-2C as target tugs in the 1960s and 1970s.
|S-2 of VS-34, USS Randolph (CV-15)|
|S-2 Tracker NAS North Island (Sandy Eggo, of course)|
|S-2 Tracker Cockpit|
|Plan view of the S-2|
|Cutaway view of the "Stoof"|
|S-2 Tracker onboard USS Lexington (CV-16)|
|Grumman S-2E Tracker of VS-41 on the catapult of USS Bennington (CV-20).|
Of course, it's important to remember that Murph's acquaintance served on the USS Intrepid, "on the line". Southeast Asia. Yankee Station.
USS Intrepid (CV/CVA/CVS-11), also known as The Fighting "I", is one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. She is the fourth US Navy ship to bear the name. Commissioned in August 1943, Intrepid participated in several campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations, most notably the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Decommissioned shortly after the end of the war, she was modernized and recommissioned in the early 1950s as an attack carrier (CVA), and then eventually became an antisubmarine carrier (CVS). In her second career, she served mainly in the Atlantic, but also participated in the Vietnam War. Her notable achievements include being the recovery ship for a Mercury and a Gemini space mission. Because of her prominent role in battle, she was nicknamed "the Fighting I".
Decommissioned in 1974, in 1982 Intrepid became the foundation of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. - Wikipedia
|USS Nitro (AE-23) and USS Intrepid UNREP* (early 1960s)|
|Intrepid functioning as the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City.|
So there you have it ladies and gentlemen, aviators and maintainers, the S-2 Tracker and the USS Intrepid. They made America proud in their day.
|The old vet showing the new kid around, back in the day.|
*UNREP = Underway Replenishment