This is the Surviving Grumman S2F / S-2 Tracker
Information Repository which will keep an update on the Grumman Tracker Series of
aircraft that still exist, which includes the S2F (S-two-f or Stoof) and CS2F
Tracker, the TF-1 / C-1A Trader and WF-2 / E-1B Tracer. Since the
initiation of this website and effort in 2006 we have found and logged 246
Trackers, 34 Traders, and 5 Tracers that still exist on a worldwide basis.
Separately cataloged are another 80 Tracker, 3 Trader and 11 Tracers in the
United Aeronautical Corporation Salvage Yard in Tucson, AZ due to the fact those
airframes are supplying parts and will never leave that facility as an entire
The Iron Lady, 136427, coming at you!! Anderson Runway
18 in 1998. Photo courtesy of Brian
Unfortunately, very few of these hardworking and
venerable aircraft are still around today. Even fewer are still flying at
air shows or can be seen at aviation museums around the world. Our primary
focus will be to provide you with up-to-date information on where you can see
the remaining Trackers, Traders, and Tracers, and also provide direct links to
any information, including photos on these venerable aircraft.
This has been and continues to be any interesting
task, due to the fact that I do not know what the final number of Trackers and
its derivatives are that still exist throughout the world. I am
continually updating the site as I discover new information and aircraft.
Also, due to the manner in which I have organized the data, many of the aircraft
that are registered in the US are not really flyable aircraft and are now static
displays in museums or being used as spare parts.
David D Jackson
2013 S2F, C-1 and
EB-1 Current Events: (See Previous Years' Events further down
his Tracker belonging to the Lee County
Mosquito Control at Fort Meyers, FL was previously registered with the
FAA as N64727 and was de-registered 2-25-2013. DDJ 5-18-2013
136567: This Tracker belonging to
Warbird Museum in Paso Robles, CA was previously registered with the FAA
as N411DF and was de-registered 11-7-2012. DDJ 5-18-2013
This has apparently been sold to Siskiyou County in
northern California. What is questionable at this time is whether it has
also been deregistered and no longer carries an N number. As it is a
static display it would no longer need one. DDJ 5-18-2013
136534: Tom Reilly of Vintage Aircraft
has purchased this from Dennis Callahan. DDJ 5-18-2013
133179: This Tracker belonging to the Mid America Aviation
Museum in Liberal, KS was previously registered with the FAA as
N5470C and was de-registered 7-9-2012. It had been on static display and
not flown for a long time. DDJ 5-18-2013
This Tracker formerly belonging to late
Merle Maine of Ontario, OR was sold to Albert Hansen of Jean, OR who obtained a
new airworthiness certificate on 4-21-2011. DDJ 5-18-2013
133351: This Tracker belonging to latge Merle Maine of Ontario, OR
was put up for sale along with his entire collection of aircraft in May of 2012.
136719: This Tracker belonging to late
Merle Maine of Ontario, OR was put up for sale along with his entire collection
of aircraft in May of 2012. DDJ 5-18-2013
Tony Szulc has informed me that this is
the Tracker is the one I had shown unidentified in Naples and is on the military
side of the airport. DDJ 5-10-2013
Tony Szulc has also informed me that this Tracker I
had previously shown unidentified is located on Sardinia at the Cagliari-Elmas
Airport. DDJ 5-10-2013
Information obtained from William Wilemon indicates this C-1A
is now being operated by the owner, Duane Doyle, out of the Santa Rosa, CA
Charles Schultz Airport and will be donated to the Pacific Coast Air Museum at
the same location. In theory the Trader will be kept in flying condition
but it will remain to be seen how long that lasts until the Museum takes it out
of service due to the high costs of flight operation. However, at this
point the Museum has made a video to promote it for airshows on the west coast.
The Grumman C-1A Trader
Note the similarities between this video and the one made in 1998 to promote
Tracker 136427, "The Iron Lady", in 1998.
36427 "Iron Lady" Video
Information obtained from Stewart Bailey at The
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum indicates that 136663 was purchased by Jacob
Wyrick in Montana. His original plan was to take this on as a project
aircraft but is now interested in trading or selling the aircraft and has been
in touch with Evergreen. However, right now Evergreen does not have a
budget to do this. We will see if we can obtain more information on 13663
and photos from Mr. Wyrick. DDJ 3-19-2013
147522: Information obtained from
"The Real Aviators Flew Stoofs" March newsletter indicates that Scott Miner from
AL has purchased this airframe and intends to restore over a 3 year period to
flying condition. See photos below. DDJ 3-4-2013
obtained from from Andrew Cripps is the the Royal Australian Navy Historic
Flight has now finished a complete airframe and engine restoration on 152333 and
is planning to start operating it again at airshows and aviation events.
first flying appearance for 152333 since 1999 is scheduled to be at the "Wings
over Illawarra" Airshow May 5th in New South Wales, Australia.
Serrato and his crew have repainted this C-1A to look just like she did on the
USS Lexington. See photos below.
Robert Eichkorn, Crew Member -
"We have hung the right (#2) engine back on the C-1A and are currently plumbing
it out. Following that, we will be pulling the left engine/mount off and
building up the QEC for that side. We have both engines back from Anderson
Aeromotive (zero-timed) and both replacement props back from Maxwell Propeller
(overhauled). Our first airshow is now booked for mid-June (Thunder Over
Michigan – Ypsilanti, MI) and we are also planning to spend the week at Oshkosh
It will be good to see this back on the airshow circuit in 2013!! DDJ
Only known photo of this aircraft provided by Roger
of Aarschot, Belgium. Then more photos were provided by Robert Rice via Robert
Aircraft has been extensively damaged by a Pepsi truck.
2013 Scheduled S2F Tracker / C-1A Trader Air Show Appearances:
Illawarra" Airshow in New South Wales, Australia May 5, 2013 - Tracker
152333 "Tiger 44. This
will be the first flying appearance for 152333 since 1999. Apparently
152333 was only on static display from post airshow reports
Auburn-Opelika Airshow, AL May 11, 2013- Trader 136778.
This is a new one day show.
Thunder over Michigan, August 10-11, 2013 -
Trader 146044 "Miss Belle". This will be her first airshow appearance
after an engine failure in August of 2002 and landing in a corn field in
Illinois on the trip home from the South Bend Airshow.
Oshkosh - July 29 - August 1, 2013 - Trader 146044 "Miss Belle".
Gathering of Warbirds and Legends - August 2-4, 2013 - Trader 146044 "Miss
Belle". Also making a static appearance at the show will be the on
site Combat Air Museum's S2F-1 136486 which is normally on display stuck back in
the corner of the display hangar. It will be good to see her out in the
136536: Here are some great photos
provided by Ruth Barnett
of the "Tracker Travesty" at the
Pennsylvania Academy of Art in downtown Philadelphia, PA . These are the
first photos to reach us that give a complete picture of what the display
entails. It appears that the so called greenhouse that this now called is
actually in the weapons bay, but seeing how it is placed facing the building it
is doubtful that it provides much in the way of food for anyone. Even more
amazing is that a former Joint Chief of Staff of the United States Armed Forces
would condone such an abomination and then put his name on a plaque at the site.
Any minimal food that is produced by the greenhouse is totally over shadowed by
the fact that the aircraft is shown in a straight down crashed orientation which
would have killed the pilot and any other crew members and is both offensive and
insensitive. Also still carried on the
aircraft are the CDF markings of Tanker 100. Since 1973 the CDF has lost
12 S-2s in 12 accidents with 13 pilots killed.
It appears that the aircraft "crashed" due an engine
failure in the Number 2 engine as the prop was feathered. Also note how
close it is to the building and the weapons bay "garden" shown in the next photo
probably does not get a lot of sunlight.
This photo looks to show the greenhouse that
provides sustenance for the needy in the weapons bay. It just does not
appear that the location gets a lot of sunlight.
Also note that the Dept of Forestry N-number is still on the aircraft.
Some persons have complained to the FAA about the N-number being on the such an
Amazing! The money that was provided to the
"artist" for the cost of this project could have been better spent on purchasing
unused property in Philadelphia and
planting gardens that could produce far more food to feed the needy than this.
Or better yet the money could have gone directly to purchase needed groceries
for the needy. By calling this Travesty a greenhouse to help the poor is
smoke screen to cover up the sham this whole thing is. This is shameful!!
Actually the Pennsylvania Horticultural
Society (PHS) has a program of cleaning and converting abandoned lots for the
production of food and seems to be doing a fine job in Philadelphia.
147522: First photos of Scott Miner's
Tracker, purchased in August of 2012. Prop off of Engine #2 has been sent
to shop for overhaul with another engine planned to arrive early this spring.
The airframe looks extremely clean. DDJ 3-4-2013
Photo courtesy of Scott Miner.
Photo courtesy of Scott Miner.
Photo courtesy of Scott Miner.
Photo courtesy of Scott Miner.
136778: Dan Serrato and his crew spent
two weeks in February 2013 repainting 136778 as she looked when she was aboard
USS Lexington. DDJ
Outstanding! Photo Courtesy of Dan Serrato.
Photo Courtesy of Dan Serrato.
136573: We thought this was the only known photo below
of 136573 until our request brought in some more photos as shown underneath this
one. DDJ 1-10-2013
136573 at the Rolla National Airport in Vichy,
MO. This is the only known photo of this Tracker we have seen and we wish
to thank Roger Janssens
of Aarschot, Belgium for taking the photo on August 5, 2011and sending it to us.
As can be seen the aircraft is not in good shape with flat tires and corrosive
bird droppings all over the airframe. If anyone can provide more
information on 133573, N31984
owned by Wes Stricker in Rolla, MO please feel free to contact us.
The following photos
were taken by Robert Rice and provided by Robert Eichkorn and were taken in 2012
on the ramp at Vichy Airport.
Here is the same shot as from above but outside
where the whole aircraft is now in the photo. It looks like it has been
This photo shows damage to the port wing.
And this one shows a hole in the aft port section.
Word is that at DUI truck driver did the damage to the Tracker. The status
of the aircraft and its future are still unknown but it may have been donated to
a local aircraft maintenance school. Again, if anyone has more information on
136573 please let me know. To see more photos that Robert took of this
Tracker in 2012 please go to: My
Guest Photo Page
Maintenance on the Largest Remaining Tracker Fleet
Photos from Cal Fire at its Sacramento McClellan Maintenance Facility
Cal Fire is now the largest operator of
Grumman Tracker with 23 Marsh S-2Ts conversions. The Taiwan Navy as of
December 2012 is still operating its small fleet of turbo Trackers which appears
to be down to a half dozen flyers of the 27 original aircraft and France still
operates up to seven Conair Firecats. Conair in British Columbia took its
Trackers of out service in 2011 and Argentina may or may not still be operating
its small fleet of 5 of former US Navy Trackers.
Below are some photos of the yearly winter maintenance that makes sure the
Trackers are ready for their duty as "First Alert" fire bombers throughout
California during the summer fire season.
Ricardo Aguilar, Quality Control
Inspector, and Douglas "Bud" Ehrk, Lead
Mechanic, at Cal Fire have graciously provided the photos below.
Cal Fire has two hangars on the east side of what
used to be McClellan AFB. This photo is from the south hangar. This
photo gives an excellent view of the life raft hatch on top of the fuselage.
One can also see the open escape hatches where the radar and
sonabuoy operators would have exited the
aircraft in a water landing. Ricardo Aguilar photo via
Douglas "Bud" Ehrk.
Tanker 82 and the retardant tank.
Tanker 82 was the first Cal Fire air tanker.
Ricardo Aguilar photo via
Douglas "Bud" Ehrk.
Ricardo Aguilar photo via
Douglas "Bud" Ehrk.
Fuel Cell inspection and maintenance.
Ricardo Aguilar photo via
Douglas "Bud" Ehrk.
The North Hangar. Tankers 82 and 83
and OV-10 230 and 340. The
Broncos are used as forward air control aircraft by Cal Fire. Ricardo
Aguilar photo via
Douglas "Bud" Ehrk.
For more photos and information
on the the 2012-2013 Cal Fire Winter Maintenance Program go to:
Guest Photo Page
136421 in the RV Parking lot at the Castle Air Museum in Atwater, CA on November
14, 2012 after arriving from Sequoia Airport in
Visalia, where it had languished
for several years.
Photo Courtesy of Vander Jagt.
Another photo of 136421 on the trailer after its trip to the Museum. Note
the dog checking out the action. A true Tracker enthusiast! Photo Courtesy of Vander Jagt.
According to Vander the Tracker was lifted into a fenced area and the gear was
extended so that restoration of the aircraft can begin. The Castle Air
Museum has an excellent collection of well restored aircraft on display and I
expect 136421 to be restored to a more fitting condition than current for future
display. Photo Courtesy of Vander Jagt.
See more 136421 photos from:
The Castle Air
The Warpaint Series No. 76, "Grumman S2F
Tracker TF-1Trader and WF-2 Tracer" by Charles Stafrace is a must to have for
any Grumman Tracker enthusiast and historian. The author has done an
excellent job of researching all three variants of the Tracker and provided new
information that I had not seen before. Especially detailed were the
Trackers that were supplied to allied nations during the Cold War to provide
anti-submarine and maritime patrol capabilities with the at that time highly
capable and advanced Tracker. Mr. Stafrace teamed up with Terry Panopalis
who has provided an excellent assortment of color photos of S2Fs, TF-1s and
WF-2s which are all identified by their Bureau Number or RCN number, and show
the diversity of of liveries that the aircraft had in the various squadrons.
One can purchase this book on eBay for a total cost in US dollars to the US for
$33.09 including shipping.
David D Jackson, November 2012
Can anyone identify this former RCAF CS2F? The
airframe was on the west Conair ramp at the Abbotsford Airport in British
Columbia in May 2012.
Tracker, Trader and Tracer Updates
January 2013 update:
Guest Photo Page added. Cal Fire Winter Maintenance Photos on 153570
added to the new page 136563 photos also added.
November 2012 update:
My Tracker Photos (133090-136427), Master Tracker List, USA Trackers and
Home page updated with 136421 information and photos.
My Tracker Photos (Group) page: Conair photos added.
136427 Pages: Many Iron Lady Photos added.
Links and USA Trader pages: Updated and link to 136778 C-1A You Tube
My United Aeronautical Corporation Photos, Tracer Photos: Added photos to
USA Tracers updated with Tracers in Storage section added with 148922.
Italy Tracker Page: Photo link to 136561 added. These are the first
and only photos I have seen of this aircraft.
Canada Tracker Page: Update on all of the Conair Trackers.
My Tracker Photo pages: Photos added to RCN 1577.
Brazil Traders: Updates and new photos.
October 2012 update:
See 2012 S2F and C-1 Events below for
information on particular airframes.
My Tracer Photo Page: July 2012 photos of 147225 added.
148922 photos added.
My Tracker Photo Page: July 2012 photos of 151857 added.
See previous 2012 updates at my
Archived Tracker Updates Page.
Sad and Tragic news about C-1A 136791 "Wheelchair 7"
and pilot Peter B. Iversen Sr, who lost his life in the crash of this aircraft.
It went down on Monday October 15, 2012 at Skewentna, AK. This is one of
the last photos of her and was provided by Jon Anderson.
Trackers are world famous!!
This is from the front page of the "China Daily-The National English Language
Newspaper" from October 24, 2007. I go all the way to Shanghai, China on
business and there during breakfast at the hotel is a photo of Tanker 73
(149848) on the
front page of the newspaper!
Pre 2013 Events
2012 S2F, C-1 and
S2F-1136421 has been moved to Castle Air Museum in Atwater, CA from Sequoia
Airport in Visalia, CA where it had been sitting on the ramp for several years.
The last information we had is that the previous private owner had donated it to
the Milestones of Flight Museum in Lancaster, CA. It appears that did not
work out and 136421 has found a good home at the Castle Air Museum.
Information and photos
courtesy of Vander Jagt.
C-1A 136791was involved in a fatal accident on
Monday, October 15, 2012 near Skewentna, AK. Pilot Peter B. Iversen Sr
was the only fatality in the incident. 136791 was known as Wheelchair 7
and was being used to supply gold mining camps. Thank you to William
Wilemon, Martin Fisher, Lance Wilson and Mark Brueschke who all notified me of
this tragic incident. See more on my Transition
148922: This WF-2 which is located in the United Aeronautical Yard
in Tucson, AZ is now privately owned by Juan Redick in Reno, NV and is
for sale as a flyable restoration project. Information supplied by Fred
Austin of Golden Age Aeroplanes in Sparks, NV who is handling the sale for Mr.
Conair Trackers: Conair has taken all of its Firecats out of
service. See my Canada Tracker page for updates. Thank you to Robert
Stitt for the information.
RCN 1539: This particular former Conair Firecat is now at the
Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC. See my Canada Tracker page for
Trader 136791 has changed ownership and is now owned
by Fuel Services, LLC in Wasilla, AK and will be used to haul fuel into the
bush. Information provided by Jon Anderson, one of the owners of Fuel
Four Australian Trackers:
Marsh Aviation is in the process of bringing back
the first of four of the Hook Trackers located in Australia. What they
will be used for is still a question.
This tracker was sold on Ebay with a
closing date of April 8th. 2012 for $6,800. It is missing the rudder and
has no radios. The airframe has 10,968 hours with zero time engines as of
1988. No mention is given of the hours on the engines since install.
Hopefully it found a good owner and will not end up as a "work of art" like the last Tracker
that went up for sale on Ebay.
133204: Thanks to diligent work by the Cactus Air Force in Carson
City, NV, this Tracker has moved from our "Storage" classification to
"Registered" as it has been moved from Sacramento, CA to Carson City and now
carries FAA registry N710VC. It will undergo restoration at Carson City.
146026, 146027, 146031, 146057: According to Floyd Stilwell at Marsh Aviation work is moving along on these
Traders for Brazil.
RCN 1577: This is in the process of being converted from static to
flying display by the Canadian Warplane Heritage. This will be a welcome
addition to the small fleet of Tracker and Trader warbirds available for air
shows and fly-over's. Information provided by Andrew Semon.
2011 S2F and C-1 Events:
This did not go to The Cactus Air Force as previously reported which may result
in legal action due to it being sold simultaneously to two persons. In
October of 136536 will be going on display in downtown Philadelphia as a so-called work of
"art" and apparently a greenhouse. Art is definitely in the eyes of the
beholder as this is a travesty when I look at it.
Work has started as of 10-18-2011.
We will keep everyone informed and hopefully have photos when complete.
149260, 149261, 149270,
149856, 149860, 149876, 149888,
These nine airframes were scrapped out in the first half of the year.
Nothing is left in the lot they were located in but a few scraps of metal that
remained when they were removed.
Identified as being on display in Brazil at Sao Carlos - Francisco Pereira Lopes.
See our Brazil page for photos.
133337: Identified as being the S2F as found by divers on the bottom of Guantanamo Bay.
RCN 1531: Being repainted in Summerside, Prince Edward Island,
2010 S2F and C-1
William Puchades has informed me this S-2E is on display at the Aeronautical Museum at Maracay, Venezuela. See our Venezuela page.
This Tracker is on display at the
Chavez International Airport, Lima Peru Naval Station.
Duncan Smith provided the information it was there.
Check out our Peru page.
This aircraft has been found and identified on
display in Thailand. Check out our Thailand page.
Went up for sale again in Joppa, AL for $5,000 on EBay without engines in January
after not selling for $10,000 in November of 2009. Former CDF radial
engine Tanker 100 and N436DF. This was purchased by The Cactus Air Force
of Carson City, NV for spare parts to keep its other two Trackers flying.
See our USA Tracker page.
2009 S2F and C-1 Events:
Moved 25 miles from Conair at the Abbotsford airport
to the Chilliwack Military Education Centre in Chilliwack, BC.
Went up for sale in Joppa, AL for $10,000 on EBay without engines in November.
Former CDF radial engine Tanker 100 and N436DF.
Engines ran after winter maintenance on June 13,
2009. Information provided by Joe Person of Bothell, WA. See more
Warbird Information Exchange - Arlington Fly-in July 2009
For Sale in an Estate Auction on May 30, 2009.
See my Trader page for more information.
136773: For Sale in an Estate
Auction on May 30, 2009. See my Trader page for more information.
2008 S2F and C-1 Events:
136778: The C-1A
departed Waukegan, IL airport for a ferry flight to Trudeau Warbird Enterprises in Punta Gorda, FL for
an annual on December 7, 2008.
147641: This Tracker continued with engine runs and wing folds
several times in 2008, with some at night. See our Netherlands Tracker
page for more.
152333: This S-2G apparently is being prepared for flight and ran
taxi tests at the
Albatross 60th Anniversary Air Show in New South Wales in October. See our
Australian Tracker page for video and photos.
136778: This C-1A has
been purchased by Daniel H. Serrato of Eufaula, AL in October.
136427: Tracker has changed ownership and is now owned by
the Air Station Museum in Arlington, WA.
136431: This S2F-1, owned
and operated by The Cavanaugh Flight Museum
is now available for airshows. As of
January it is being promoted on Warbird Depot.
136778: This Trader
continues to be for sale for $75,000 through Courtesy Aircraft. It is part
of an estate sale.
2007 S2F and C-1 Events:
This C-1A is
back on the airshow circuit after a six year
147641: On July 7, 2007 this Tracker arrived at The
Aviodrome at Lelystad Airport by boat from its previous KLM location and
is now owned by the Technical Aviation School in Hoofddorp. Since that
time this aircraft has been able to run engines and fold the wings for
spectators on a regular basis. See our Netherlands Tracker page for video
of this run along with still photos.
136404: Destroyed in a crash
at Cherry Point MCAS on 5-03-2007. No fatalities.
More: Go to my: Tracker Down Special Web Page
136778: This Trader
up for sale for $99,000 through Courtesy Aircraft. Price later reduced to
2006 S2F Events:
133090: As of 9-22-2006 ownership
transferred from CDF to Columbia Airport, CA.
133244: This aircraft has been acquired by the Pacific Coast Air
Museum in Santa Rosa, CA. and made its last flight to the Museum on November 9,
133322: As of 4-05-2006
ownership transferred to Christopher Schneider from the CDF.
133251: As of 8-14-2006
ownership transferred to Aerospace Museum of California from the CDF.
136398: Sale Reported. For Sale in Trade-A-Plane for $79,000.
136479: As of 9-05-2006 ownership
transferred to Christopher Schneider from the CDF.
136534: As of 12-2006 the aircraft's registration may not allow for
136619: As of 12-2006 the aircraft's registration may not allow for
152812: As of 6-2006 ownership transferred from Quantas to HARS for
rebuild to flyable aircraft.
2006 C-1 Events:
136778: There was an
attempted sale of this Trader through Courtesy Aircraft.
Registered - These are aircraft that are have been registered with a
country's respective civil aviation authority for civilian flight. For
the most part these are air tankers used in three countries, a handful of
warbirds, and some that, even though still registered, are museum displays
with no intent of flying by the present owners.
Military - These are aircraft that are in service with a country's
respective military service. Surprisingly, the S2F is still in limited
service with two military arms. Seeing how the S2F first flew in 1952
and is still in military service, puts it in the same class as the Boeing
B-52 for longevity in a country's national defense. This is
Museum - These are aircraft are no longer registered or in active
military service that are currently on display in a museum, or some other
location. They can be either be inside or outside, or as in one case,
located outside at that the entrance to an international airport.
Storage - These are aircraft that do not fit in any of the above
classifications, are still sitting on the landing gear and still look to be
a whole airframe. Engines do not need to be on as they the first items
to be used of another flying aircraft, and can be replaced rather easily.
There is still the possibility the aircraft could be made flyable,
or into a museum display. There a some S2F hulks in British Columbia,
Canada that have not been included in this classification as the landing
gears have been removed and the airframes are being used as spare parts.
Wide Location of S2F/S-2 or CS2F Trackers - Aircraft were all originally built
by Grumman or deHavilland Canada. As currently registered or flying the
aircraft could have been remanufactured by Conair, Grumman, Marsh, IAI and
others. Not included in this accounting are 80 Trackers located at
United Aeronautical Corporation in Tucson, AZ.
Location of TF-1/C-1A Traders Not included in this accounting are
3 Traders located at United Aeronautical Corporation in Tucson, AZ.
Location of WF-2/E-1B Tracers Not included in this accounting are 11
Tracers located at United Aeronautical Corporation in Tucson, AZ.
*This actually is counted twice, once here
and also among the (11) Tracers on the
United Aeronautical Corporation Pages.
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This site last updated 5-18-2013.