Grumman S2F Tracker, C-1A Trader,
and E-1B Tracers that have been sent to me by persons worldwide to provide
documentation of existing airframes. In order by Navy Bureau Number.
Aircraft moved to Castle Air Museum for restoration and display. Photos
Courtesy of Vander Jagt.
Previous to 10-14-2012: Sequoia Airport in Visalia, CA -
Photos Courtesy of Frederick Wester
Originally a S2F-1, 136421 was converted to the US-2A configuration.
It is now awaiting pickup and transport to the Milestones of Flight Museum in
Lancaster, CA. However, the Museum to date as not been out to do the tear
down and take the Tracker off the field. This could be detrimental to the
survivability of 136421 as the airport may scrap it out, which would be very
unfortunate. I want to thank
of TBM, Inc at the Visalia, CA Airport for providing the following photos.
The photos were taken at sunrise to capture the Tracker in the foreground with
the sun rising to the east. I have modified several of the photos by
brightening the images so that the aircraft details are more visible. See
one of his unmodified photos on my Home Page.
136491: Tanker 7 La
Ferté-Alais airshow, south of Paris, France, 1999. F-ZBAU (T-2) was not
converted to a Firecat.
Nice formation photo of the old and the new provided
courtesy of Harald Ludwig.
136540: American Wings
Aviation Museum, Blaine, MN
Photo courtesy of Dick Kantrud who was previous
owner of 136540 until he donated it to the museum.
owned by Wes Stricker in Rolla, MO and photographed at Rolla National Airport in
photo provided by
of Aarschot, Belgium on Jan 7, 2013.
August 2011 photo in a hangar.
of Robert Rice photos via Robert
Jan 10, 2013. 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.
136573 still has the AMARC number on it along with
the N number. It appears the aircraft has been washed up as all of the
bird droppings that Roger photographed in 2011 in the hangar are gone.
Ontario, OR. This Tracker is part of the Merle Maine estate and is for
La Ferté-Alais airshow, south of Paris, France, 1988.
This unique photo of 147559 not only shows off the
wing fold hinges but the red diagonal stripping on the top of the fuselage is
where the life raft was stored. Photo courtesy of Harald Ludwig.
153570: Photos of Cal Fire Tanker 70
undergoing 2012-2013 Winter Maintenance. Photos and commentary courtesy of
400 hour progressive inspection including all discrepancies repaired and signed
off is usually 2 months long. There are 3 tanker maintenance crews with at least
7-8 mechanics on each crew. Six tankers are going through their inspections at
one time. All 23 tankers will go through the inspection cycle before the start
of fire season.
Tanker 70 is in progress of a
400 Hour Progressive Inspection and modifications to the battery charging and
starter generator systems.
#2 engine inspection and wiring
mod. Engine is a TPE33114GR Garrett.
Retardant tank removed as part
of wiring modification and 48 month retardant tank/cavity inspection.
#2 engine inspection and wiring
mod. Exhaust educator has been removed as part of 400 hour inspection.
Forward part of retardant tank
cavity looking into the flight deck. Notice aircrew entrance door/opening on the
right side of airframe.
A closer look of flight deck
from retardant tank cavity.
#1 Engine with all engine
cowlings removed. Engine SOAP sample have been performed. Engine oil has been
drained. Engine is in the process of being serviced with new turbine oil. Notice
the cans on the ladder.
View of airframe aft looking
forward. Tail access panels opened for 400 hour inspection.
Wings are folded for wing
fold/wing lock inspection every 24 months or when maintenance is required.
Doug Goss, Topeka, KS Photos of reconstruction from Doug Goss taken
Sept- Oct 2011
A January 2013 update from Crew
"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
MCAS Beaufort, SC Photos provided by Dan Serrato. Trader
is being used for fire training. That being said and looking at the second
photo it would appear it has not been used for this purpose for a long time with
what looks to the floor covered with pine needles.
148922: United Aeronautical
Salvage Yard, Tucson, AZ
This aircraft has been purchased for a flying restoration by Juan Redick.
He currently has it for sale. Note that it actually has tires but no
The following photos were provided by Fred
Austin of Golden Age Aeroplanes.
The spare parts and engines that go with 148922.