The Grumman S-2 Tracker was an anti-submarine aircraft of Grumman. The design had twin engines, a high wing and a tricycle undercarriage. The type was exported to a number of navies around the world including the Dutch Naval Air Service ("Marine Luchtvaart Dienst"). The MLD got in the sixties several aircraft. They were also deployed on the carrier Karel Doorman.
A transport version is the C-1 Trader whilst the C-1 Tracer is a AEW warning derivative.
S-2A / N Tracker MLD (Dutch naval air service)
This Tracker with code "160" has Serial no. 148282 and was used by the Dutch MLD service from 18-8-1960 until 7-1-1976 . The original S-2A was converted to S-2N standard end 1970. This aircraft was stored in the Dutch MLM museum in Soesterberg (this museum is closed and will be re-opened end 2014).
Photographed May 2013 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland
GALLERY in TWO parts with over 200 photo's!
S-2 Tracker (Dutch naval air service)
Located at the "Traditiekamer" museum at De Kooij / Den Helder, The Netherlands.
Photographed July 2011 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland
S-2A Tracker cockpit
This cockpit is photgraphed of an American aircraft located at the "Fantasy of Flight" museum in Polk City, Florida, USA
Photographed 2012 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland
This C-1A has USN serial 136754 USN delivered mid 1955 and first used aboard aircraft carrier Lexington (CVS 16). It was reassigned to the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida, as the Navys designated training aircraft carrier in 1963. It is painted in a bicenntenial paint scheme of the type popular in naval aviation during 1976, the last year of its active service. Now it is still located at "its home base", the National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola NAS, Pensacola, Florida.
Photographed January 2015 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland
Here some photo's of a C-1A COD version serial USN "1456048" with cockpit details and interior. Located at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida.
Photographed 2013 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland
Many plastic scale models have appeared during the years. A long time ago Hasegawa released a 1/72 kit which was basic but OK (Hobbycraft and Minicraft kits look "copies" from the same kit). More recently, Kinetic issued several 1/48 kits of the Tracker.
Enthusiasts and historians may look at historical details of Dutch Naval Air Service (MLD) S-2 Trackers at our NedMil S-2 pages....