Surviving Grumman S2F Tracker Information Repository
By David D Jackson

Focusing on Existing Grumman S2F / S-2 Tracker, TF-1 / C-1A Trader and WF-2 / E-1B Tracer Airframes

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Introduction
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 airframe.


The Iron Lady, 136427, coming at you!!  Anderson Runway 18 in 1998. Photo courtesy of Brian Gwaltney.
 

Introduction:
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  

2014 S2F, C-1 and EB-1 Current Events:
September
Ozcan Ertem of Ankara, Turkey once again this year has provided invaluable information on the following Trackers located in Turkey that I was unaware of.
149263:  Located at the Cengiz Topel Naval Air Station at Izmit, Turkey.


Photo of 149263 inside the main gate at Cengiz Topel Naval Air Station at Izmit, Turkey.  Photo courtesy of Ozcan Ertem.


149849: 
Located at the
Eskisehir Air Museum.
149887:  Located at the Kocaeli University Campus in Kocaeli.


Photo of 149887 at the Kocaeli University Campus in Kocaeli.  Photo courtesy of Ozcan Ertem.


Photo of 149887 on the aircraft.  Photo courtesy of Ozcan Ertem.


151663:  Located at
the Air Force Museum at the Ankara Etimesgut Airport.

151668:  Located at the Kayseri Airport. 


151668 sits in the middle of a boulevard.  Photo courtesy of Ozcan Ertem.


Photo of 151558 on the aircraft.  Photo courtesy of Ozcan Ertem.

Also after more investigation the following S2F Trackers also on display in Turkey.

147644:  Located at the Naval Base in Gulcut.
148285:  Located at the Tarabo Airport east of Kartepe, Turkey.
151679: 
Located at the Eskisehir Airport as part of the Anadolu University there.

Update on:

149850:  On 9-8-2014 Ozcan Ertem provided and update and photo of 148850.  The aircraft was re-registered TC-STF due to all Turkish aircraft having only letter registrations.  Obviously STF is short for "Stoof", made at the suggestion of Ozcan when the change had to be made.


Photo of 151558 on the aircraft.  Photo courtesy of Ozcan Ertem.


 
July
149850: 
Ozcan Ertem of Ankara, Turkey has provided information that this former Turkish military Tracker is currently owned by Turkish Aerospace Industries and is registered as TC-850. The aircraft has been rebuilt with turbo-prop engines and is currently being used to test out the engines.  This is important information provided by Ozcan as I was unaware this airframe still existed, let alone was flyable.  This brings the total number of Tracker airframes in the world up to 243.  When I started this website in late 2006 I was only aware of just over 100 airframes.  With the help of persons like Ozcan and others more of the Trackers and their existence have come to light.  Link to article and photo of 149850

136719:  This S2F-1 now resides with the Legacy Flight Museum in Rexburg, ID after being purchased on 11-20-2013 from Merle Maine of Ontario, OR.

149046:  Information provided by Luís Martini Thiesen has confirmed that this aircraft was sold to TAM Airslines Museum in Brazil.  However, it appears that the airframe has been cut just behind the cockpit for use as a museum display.  Due to the fact this is not a full airframe it will not be recorded on this website.

2013 S2F, C-1 and EB-1 Current Events:

147552:  Information obtained from "The Real Aviators Flew Stoofs" October newsletter indicates that Scott Miner from AL has the Number One Engine running and an R-1820 in a can to install on the Number 2 Engine.  Scott plans to have 147552 flying by the end of 2014.  See photos below.  DDJ 11-13-2013
136421:  In November of 2012 we noted that 136421 had been moved to the Castle Air Museum in Atwater, CA from Sequoia Airport in Visalia, CA where it had been setting for many years.  Vito Orlandella wrote in recently that he and his wife Sandy were the previous owners and did donate it to the museum last year.  Vito also updated me on the history of the aircraft.  Before he purchased 136421 it was a spare airframe for CDF that was never converted to a tanker.  Some history on it from Vita:  "It originally was a Navy S2F then converted to a US2A and transferred to the US Marines. It's last known assigned duty was in Iwakuni Japan and flew many special ops missions in Vietnam.  I have worked with several S2's and this one has wiring harnesses for special electronics I've never seen in an S2 before plus rocket racks on a US2A. It was retired to DM Az and then acquired and flown to Fresno Ca in 1973 to be an air tanker. I moved it to Sequoia field in 1992."  Thanks to Vita and Sandy for donating with engines so that it could be restored and put on display rather than being scrapped out.  Another Tracker saved for posterity.  DDJ 11-3-2013
153560: 
Paolo Camogliano has provided information on this previously unknown Tracker which is on display at the public park dedicated to the Peruvian Navy (Parque Temático Marina de Guerra del) along with other aircraft to the east of the Chavez International Airport in Lima, Peru.  DDJ 8-12-2013
152369:  Paolo Camogliano has provided information as to the correct location of this Tracker at  the main gate of the Peruvian Naval Aviation Headquarters, Callao Naval Air Station (Base Aeronaval del Callao) in Lima, Peru.   DDJ 8-12-2013
?:  Paolo Camogliano has provided information on this previously unknown Tracker which is on display at the located at the Special Operations HQ main gate inside Callao Naval Base in Lima, Peru.  DDJ 8-12-2013
149038: 
Luís Martini Thiesen has provided information on this previously unknown Tracker which was purchased by a private individual.  Location is unknown in Brazil.  DDJ 7-9-2013
149039:
Luís Martini Thiesen has provided information on this previously unknown Tracker which is located at the Brazilian Air Force's Museum at Campo dos Afonsos Air Force Base, Rio de Janeiro, Brazilt.  DDJ 7-9-2013

152356: 
Luís Martini Thiesen has provided information on this previously unidentified Tracker located at Santa Cruz Air Force Base, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to be 152356.  DDJ 7-9-2013
152833: 
This airframe that was unidentified at the Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil has been determined to be 152833. DDJ 7-9-2013

147893: 
This 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 the Estrella 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
136546: 
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
136398:  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.  DDJ 5-18-2013
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
144710:  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
144716: 
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
136781: 
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   DDJ 3-31-2013  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
136663: 
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
147552: 
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
152333:
 Information 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.  The first flying appearance for 152333 since 1999 is scheduled to be at the "Wings over Illawarra" Airshow May 5th in New South Wales, Australia.  DDJ 3-3-2013
136778:
 
Dan Serrato and his crew have repainted this C-1A to look just like she did on the USS Lexington.  See photos below. DDJ 2-20-2013
146044:
 Update from 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 in July." 
It will be good to see this back on the airshow circuit in 2013!!  DDJ 1-10-2013

136563: 
Only known photo of this aircraft provided by Roger Janssens of Aarschot, Belgium.  Then more photos were provided by Robert Rice via Robert Eichkorn.  Aircraft has been extensively damaged by a Pepsi truck. DDJ 1-10-2013

(See Previous Years' Events on the Archived Tracker Update page.)

2015 Scheduled S2F Tracker / C-1A Trader Air Show Appearances: 

2014 Photos:

146044: These were taken at the Spirit of Dayton Airshow in June.



146044:
These were taken at the Spirit of St. Louis Airshow in May.


Guest photo 136479:  Seen at the Westover Field in Jackson, CA.  Photos provided by Larry Enzler in January of 2014.


136479 is now carrying tanker number 77.

Guest photo 133322:  Seen at the Westover Field in Jackson, CA.  Photos provided by Larry Enzler in January of 2014.



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.

Previous years' photos can be seen on the Archived Tracker Update page.

Tracker, Trader and Tracer Updates:

See previous updates at my Archived Tracker Updates Page.
 

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!

Worldwide Database of location of known existing Trackers, Traders and Tracers

Definitions:
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 outstanding!
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.

World 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.
Country Registered Military Museum/Display Storage Total
Argentina 0 5 3 1 9
Australia 1 0 3 14 18
Brazil 0 0 5 4 9
Canada 17 0 13 17 47
France 8 0 0 0 8
Italy 0 0 5 0 5
Japan 0 0 1 0 1
Netherlands 0 0 4 0 4
Peru 0 0 3 0 3
South Korea 0 0 8 0 8
Taiwan 0 27 4 0 31
Thailand 0 6 0 0 6
Turkey 1 0 8 0 9
Uruguay 0 0 1 4 5
Venezuela 0 0 2 1 3
USA 62 0 15 6 83
Total 89 38 76 47 250

 
World Wide Location of TF-1/C-1A Traders  Not included in this accounting are 3 Traders located at United Aeronautical Corporation in Tucson, AZ.
Country Registered Military Museum Storage Total
Brazil 0 4 0 4 8
USA 11 0 6 10 227
Total 11 4 6 114 35

 
World Wide Location of WF-2/E-1B Tracers  Not included in this accounting are 11 Tracers located at United Aeronautical Corporation in Tucson, AZ.
Country Registered Military Museum Storage Total
USA 0 0 5 1* 6

*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 9-14-2014.

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