GRUMMAN S-2 TRACKER
Photograph furnished by William T. Larkins
collection; it served at NAS Grosse Ile from 3/29/63 - 9/20/68. If
anyone would like to contribute information or photos about it,
please contact me: Kirsten Tedesco, Curator, 520-574-0462,
6000 E. Valencia Rd., Tucson, AZ 85706. Thanks.
It is an S2F-1 BuNo 136468 Mfg. under contract #53099
Accepted by Navy 4/13/56
Assigned VS-30 on 4/24/56 at Norfolk
Aboard: USS Leyte
Aboard: USS Lake Champlain
Assigned O&R Bur. Weapons on 10/27/59 at Pensacola
Assigned VS-37 on 5/3/60 at San Diego
Assigned VS-33 on 12/1/60 at San Diego
Aboard: USS Bennington
At North Island
Assigned NAS Grosse Ile on 3/29/63 For Naval Air Reserve Training.
On 9/20/68 it apparently was assigned to NASDC for retirement. At this
point the record is unclear.
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Regarding normal ASW altitudes. Normal sub patrol & search altitude
was 500 feet for S2F's. When contact was made they would descend to 50
feet and go on instruments to maintain that altitude especially at night.
The lower altitude was to enable the ASQ 8 (MAD equipment) to have maximum
search depth while still maintaining a safe flying altitude. -- Hal Neubaurer
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