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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S2F / S-2 Trackers currently registered in the USA
Listed in numerical order by US Navy Bureau Number


136427 in flight over Indiana

 

BuNo FAA # Registered to Registered as Links for the aircraft and other information
133090 N417DF Columbia Airport, Columbia, CA Grumman S2F-1 (TS-2A)  Registered with the FAA as Grumman Serial Number 061 and was operated by California Dept of Forestry (CDF). Was Tanker 76.  Replaced by 152337 and no longer in service with CDF.  As of 9-22-2006 ownership transferred to Columbia Airport.  If you have a chance to stop by the Columbia Airport, you might by the airport Director's office and see if Jim Thomas will take you out to the Tracker, as one has to cross an active runway to get to the aircraft.  Jim was most gracious in taking me out to the Tracker for photos and providing information.  The airframe had 9952.2 hours on it when it arrived at Columbia for the last time.  Cost to purchase the aircraft for display was $16,000.
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Airliners 133090 All
Warbird Registry 133090
133204 N710VC Specline Corp dba The Cactus Air Force of Carson City, NV. Grumman S2F-1 This was moved out of the "Storage" category into "Currently Registered" on 2-24-2012 after being notified it had been moved and now has N710VC.

Registered with the FAA as Grumman Serial Number 175 and was operated by California Dept of Forestry (CDF) as Tanker 94 and was registered N446DF until Jan 16, 2009, when it was deregistered.  Replaced by 152826 as Tanker 94.
This aircraft was put up for auction by GSA in February of 2009, with last day for bids being March 6, 2009.
This has been purchased by Specline Inc dba The Cactus Air Force of Carson City, NV.  When I photographed it at McClellan in May of 2010 it was being prepared to fly to Carson City, NV.  It is waiting on parts from 136536 to make it flyable.

As of 2-14-2012 133204 is now at Carson City, NV after being ferried over from McClellan and will be restored by the Cactus Air to flying condition.
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GSA Auction
Airliners Old Tanker 94-2008 
133224 N443DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA
On Display at the Pacific Coast Air Museum in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County Airport, CA
Grumman S2F-1  Registered with the FAA as Grumman Serial Number 195 and operated by California Dept of Forestry (CDF) as Tanker 84.  The Tracker made its last flight to the Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, CA on November 9, 2006 and is now on display at the Pacific Coast Air Museum in Santa Rosa.  The Tracker as of June 2010 was still being shown registered to the USDA Forest Service. 
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Airliners 133224-9-2009
Airport Data 133224-2005

Pacific Coast Air Museum Newsletter Pages 10-12
133242 N31957 Collings Foundation in Stow, MA Grumman S2F1, currently a US-2B This aircraft is is based at Ellington Field, in Houston TX and is under restoration in order to return to flying status and the air show circuit.
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Collings Foundation S-2                                         
Warbird Registry 133242 
133275 N423DF Christopher Schneider, Sutter Creek, CA Grumman
TS-2A
Old Tanker 8?.  Registered with the FAA as Grumman Serial Number 246.  The Airport Data photo shows 133275 with the port wing missing. 
Airport Data 133275-2005
133322 N423DF Christopher Schneider, Sutter Creek, CA Grumman S2F-1 (TS-2A)  Registered with the FAA as Serial Number 293.  Actually the serial number is 293C.  Operated by California Dept of Forestry (CDF) as old Tanker 95 and retired at the end of the 2004 fire season by 153247.  As of 4-05-2006 ownership transferred to Christopher Schneider.  Chris still has this designated as #95.
ruudleeuw.com
Airport Data 133322-2005
133251 N412DF Aerospace Museum of California, McClellan, CA Grumman S2F-1 (TS-2A)  Registered with the FAA as Serial Number 222 and was operated by California Dept of Forestry (CDF) as Tanker 78.  As of 8-14-2006 ownership transferred to Aerospace Museum of California.  The Tracker does not yet show up on the museum web page.
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Airliners 133251- All
Aerospace Museum of California
133351  N8110Q  Merle Maine in Ontario, OR Grumman S2F-1 Owner Merle Maine announced his collection of aircraft was up for sale in May of 2012 which includes this Tracker.  DDJ 5-18-2013.

Below is a link that is a thread of emails that mentions this aircraft and 136719.  It does not mention 136398 that has a sale currently reported by the FAA.
Warbird Resource Group Thread

136398 N8110X Albert Hansen in Jean, NV Grumman S2F-1, currently a US-2B This Tracker previously belonged to the late Merle Maine of Ontario OR.  The aircraft had been up for sale in Trade-a-Plane in 2008 for $79,000 and the new airworthiness certificate was issued on 4-21-2011 to Mr. Hansen.  DDJ 5-18-2013.

As of May 19, 2009 this Tracker was still located at the Mojave Airport as it has been at least since 2001.  It was located at the far west end of the field when I saw it in May of 2009.
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Airliners136398-2001
Airliners136398-2002

My Aviation 136398-2008
136427 N8112A Air Station Inc., Arlington WA. . Grumman S2F-1currently a US-2B Previously owned by Museum of Wings and Things-1996-2000; Tracker Air Group-2000-2004; Abbatare-2004 to 2009.  This aircraft flew in September of 2005 on trip to its new home in Arlington, WA.  Air Station is a museum named after the fact there used to be an Naval Air Station at Arlington, WA.  In May of 2012 I was able to visit and photograph 136427 at the Arlington, WA airport.  The ADF antenna and searchlight have been added since 2004.
See my Photo Page - This has photos from May 2012
Airliners 136427 July 2010-1
Airliners 136427 July 2010-2
Warbird Information Exchange - Arlington Fly-in July 2009
Jet Photos 136427April 2009
Flikr-WPBarr-July 10, 2008
136427 "Iron Lady" Video - Anderson, IN
Mike Henniger April 14 2006
Wings Palette 136427
Airliners 136427-2006
My Aviation 136427-2006
Airliners 136427 Selfridge-1998
136427 at Marion, IN
S2F Tracker Repository 136427
Airliners 136427-1987
136431 N37AM Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Inc.,  Addison TX Grumman
S-2B currently US-2B
Nose ID 485.  This was at Oshkosh in 2002 and as of January 2008 is being promoted in Warbird Depot as being available for air shows.  I was able to visit the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in March of 2009.  The Tracker was sitting outside in the gloom and the rain, while the rest of the other flyable air were in the four hangars that are part of the museum..  Trackers get no respect!!  I did find out that that 136431 was originally purchased and used to take Museum members to airshows.  However, that function has now been taken over by the DC-3 that the Museum now has.  Hopefully the Tracker will get moved back inside and also be requested by airshows in the future.  See my photo collection of this US-2B on my photo page.  The link is below.
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Warbird Depot 2008
Richard Seaman Oshkosh 2002 136431
Cavanaugh Flight Museum -Tracker

Cavanaugh Flight Museum S2F/Page1
Warbird Registry 136431
136433 N8114T Valiant Air Command, Titusville, FL Grumman S2F-1 currently a US-2B This Tracker is named "Liberty Luke" and could be flyable after an inspections.  However, the big item keeping it on the ground is lack of funding for insurance.
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Warbird Registry 136433
Aero-Web 136433
Airliners 136433-1
Airliners136433-2

Vintage Warbirds Museums136433-2006
136464  N4225F Aviation Business Corp., St. Louis, MO Grumman S2F-1 Previously owned by David Alton of Ohio, the aircraft was sold to Aviation Business Corporation in St. Louis, MO, but is still located at MAPS Museum at Akron Canton airport.  The new owner, Phil Bamberger, also owns Trader 146049, which is having the interior redone.  When it is complete the 2 aircraft will swap places so restoration can begin on the S2F-1, which was not a US-2B conversion and retains the number 3 and 4 stations.  This one is named "Sub-Standard".  See more phots on our Photo Page.
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Warbird Registry 136464
Geta-o.maxs 136464
Maps Museum Photo 136464
136479 N420DF Christopher Schneider, Sutter Creek, CA Grumman S2F-1 (TS-2A)  Registered with the FAA as Serial Number 388 and operated by California Dept of Forestry (CDF). Was Tanker 75.  Replaced by 151654 and no longer in service with CDF.  As of 9-05-2006 ownership transferred to Christopher Schneider.
Warbird Registry 136479

Airliners 136479-1983
136486 N486GT Combat Air Museum, Topeka, KS Grumman S2F-1 The Combat Air Museum does not by policy fly its aircraft any more.
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Combat Air Museum
Tin Feathers - CAM and 136486
Marvellouswings 136486
136534  N5244B    Tom Reilly of Vintage Aircraft, Wilmington, DE Grumman
S-2B currently a US-2B
Tom Reilly is now the owner of 136534 which the last we knew was located at the Kissimmee, FL Airport and was being made ready by Mr. Reilly when he had the time to fly it to Georgia.   I DDJ 5-18-2013

In April of 2009 I spoke with Tom Reilly, who is the owner of  Vintage Aircraft, and used to own the Flying Tigers Restoration Museum at the Kissimmee, FL Airport.  He informed me that 136534 is now owned by Dennis Callahan of Neptune Beach, FL.  The last photos of this Tracker were taken in February of S008 showing it still at the Kissimmee Airport.
136534 is also a movie star having been used as a prop in The Final Countdown in 1980 during the first five minutes of the film.
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Airliners 136534-2008
Jet Photos 136534-2007
Airliners 136534-2006

Air Britain Pictures 136534-2005-1
Air Britain Pictures 136534-2005-2
Warbird Registry 136534-2006
Air Team Images136534-2005
Jet Photos 136534
Tony Andrews 136534

136508 N508JR Specline Corp dba The Cactus Air Force of Carson City, NV. Grumman S2F-1 Registered with the FAA as Serial Number 417.  Previously operated by California Dept of Forestry (CDF) as Tanker 81.  This has been retired from service.  152838 is now S-2T Tanker 81.  Renumbered as Tanker 95 and now part of the Rick Clemons Collection in Carson City, NV.  I have photographed it both at McClellan and Carson City.  Rick has it registered with Specline Corp. and looks to be doing a complete repaint of the aircraft.  Now registered as N508JR.  Transferred from storage to registered status June of 2010.
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Warbird Registry 136508

Airliners 136508-2002
136540 N8114Z American Wings Air Museum, Blain, MN Grumman S2F-1 Aircraft formerly belonged to Dick Kantrud.  The Tracker is now undergoing restoration and will be flying soon.  Props need to have AD complied with.  If you look at the series of photos below please note that this Tracker flew in September of 2004  .  The American Wings Air Museum is going through some tough times as it lost its main hangar.  There is no mention of the Tracker on its website and it can be assumed any restoration has stopped due to funding and lack of interest.  We would expect to see this aircraft up for sale some time in the future to provide funding for the Grumman OV-1s the museum maintains and are the true focus of the orgization.
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Tin Feathers - 136540
Midway Sailor.com
Warbird Registry 136540
136546 N404DF Siskiyou County, Yreka, CA Grumman S2F-1 (TS-2A)  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.

Registered with the FAA as Serial Number 455.  Operated by California Dept of Forestry (CDF) as old Tanker 80.  It was repainted as Tanker 94 when old Tanker 94 (133204) was taken out of service circa 2004.

This is now at the Firefighter Memorial and Aircraft Museum at Weed Airport, CA, having arrived there as Tanker 94 on July 29, 2005.  Thank you to Aad van der Voet for informing me that this was the airframe at Weed.

It looks like between June of 2010 and July of 2011 136546 was moved off the ramp at the Weed airport into a field next to the hangars which is visible from the I-5 north bound rest stop.

Airliners.net 136546-all
MyAviation.net 136546-2009 -This has the aircraft listed with the incorrect serial number but is 136546
Weed Revitalization Coalition Release with Photo- 2005
Airliners 136546-2002-1

Airliners 136546-2002-2

136560 N91368 Southern Museum of Flight, Birmingham, AL Grumman S2F-1 Currently on Static Display at the Museum Air Park, and was in a civilian registration in 1979.  Grumman serial number 469.
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Southern Museum of Flight
Airliner 136560-1979
Warbird Registry 136560-2005
S2F Tracker Photo Page
136573 N31984  Wes Stricker, Rolla MO Grumman S2F-1 Photo taken by Roger Janssens of Aarschot, Belgium show 136573 in a bad condition in a hangar at the Rolla National Airport in Vichey, MO.  1-7-2013
Second group of Robert Rice photos via Robert Eichkorn were provided on Jan 10, 2013.  Word is that at DUI truck driver did considerable 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.
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136613 N613MA Marsh Aviation Company, Mesa, AZ Grumman
S2F
Registered with the FAA as Grumman Serial Number 522.  Marsh Surplus Yard.
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Getmax136613
136619 N31972 Nighthawk Air Systems, Miami,
 FL
Grumman S2F-1 The registration expired on 6-30-2012.  DDJ 5-18-2013

As of 12-2006 the aircraft's registration may not allow for operation.  This is not good.
Airliners 136619-1998
136636 N7141D American Warbird Company, Suisun, CA Grumman S2F-1 This S2F belongs to Duncan Miller and is being restored in Vacaville, CA.  See Clark Cook's web page for more information and photos.  I was able to stop by in May of 2010 and not only photograph this Tracker, but spend a couple of hours with Duncan Miller listening to his aviation stories and looking at this collection of seven aircraft at the Nut Tree Airport.  According to Duncan this Tracker is for sale is someone is interested.
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S-2Museum-PhotoGallery-Museums 136636
136665 N665MA Marsh Aviation Company, Mesa, AZ Grumman
S2F
This is a former Japanese Navy Tracker No. 4113, Grumman Serial Number 574.  Marsh Surplus Yard.
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Airliners 136665-All
SimonBrooke136665-2003
136666 N5830H  Marsh Aviation Company, Mesa, AZ Grumman S2F-1 Former Japanese Navy Tracker No. 4114, Grumman Serial Number 575.  Marsh Surplus Yard.
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Airliners136666-2000

Old Props 136666-1999
Warbird Registry136666-1999
136668 N5830D Marsh Aviation Company, Mesa, AZ Grumman S2F-1 Former Japanese Navy Tracker No. 4116, Grumman Serial Number 577.Marsh Surplus Yard.
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Warbird Registry136668-1999

Old Props136668-1999
136719 N8115M Merle Maine in Ontario, OR Grumman S2F-1 Owner Merle Maine announced his collection of aircraft was up for sale in May of 2012 which includes this Tracker.  DDJ 5-18-2013.

Included in an Air Classics article May 1996. 
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136723  N327MA Marsh Aviation Company, Mesa, AZ Grumman S2F-1 Former Japanese Navy Tracker No. 4132, Grumman Serial Number 632.  Marsh Surplus Yard.
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Warbird Registry 136723-1999

Old Props 136723-1999
136724 N724MA Marsh Aviation Company, Mesa, AZ Grumman S2F Former Japanese Navy Tracker No. 4133, Grumman Serial Number 633.  Marsh Surplus Yard.
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Airliners136724-2000

SimonBrooke136724-2003
136729 N729MA Marsh Aviation Company, Mesa, AZ Grumman S2F-1 Former Japanese Navy Tracker No. 4135, Grumman Serial Number 638.  Marsh Surplus Yard.  This aircraft has no markings on it to identify it.  However, from my trip to Marsh Aviation in May of 2009 at which time the fine folks at Marsh gave me a listing of their aircraft, by process of elimination I feel confident that the photo I have on my Marsh Aviation Photo Page is 136729.
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136736 N736MA Marsh Aviation Company, Mesa, AZ Grumman S2F-1 Former Japanese Navy Tracker No. 4139, Grumman Serial Number 645.  Marsh Tanker 154.  Marsh Surplus Yard
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Airliners 136736-All

My Aviation136736-2001
136737 N773MA Marsh Aviation Company, Mesa, AZ Grumman S2F Former Japanese Navy Tracker No. 4140, Grumman Serial Number 646.  Marsh Surplus Yard.
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Teesside Airport Aircraft Movements-2008
Warbird Registry 136737
136740  N740MA Marsh Aviation Company, Mesa, AZ Grumman S2F Former Japanese Navy Tracker No. 4143, Grumman Serial Number 649.  Marsh Surplus Yard.
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Warbird Registry 136740
136743  N743MA Marsh Aviation Company, Mesa, AZ Grumman S2F Former Japanese Navy Tracker No. 4144, Grumman Serial Number 652.  The port side engine is missing.  Marsh Surplus Yard.
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Airliners 136743-1
Airliners 136743
136746  N746MA Marsh Aviation Company, Mesa, AZ Grumman S2F Former Japanese Navy Tracker No. 4147, Grumman Serial Number 655.  Rebuilt by Marsh Aviation as a Turbo Tracker and flown as Tanker 155.  This may have been a prototype.  The latest photos show it in the surplus yard at Marsh Aviation.
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Ruudleeuw Marsh 2008
Airliners 136746 All
Warbird Registry 136746

Old Props 136746-1999
My Aviation 136746-1998
144725 N104CF Alaska Tactical Aviation, Palmer, AK Grumman S2F-1 This was previously owned by Dark Crow Aviation in Palmer, AK which may be the old name for Alaska Tactical Aviation.  DDJ 5-18-2013


This Tracker was damaged by a brake fire and sits at Big Lake Airport without the number one prop or a vertical stabilizer. 
Airliners 144725 August 2010
Tracker Website Photo page 144725 June 28, 2000

147552 N8225E Gold Americas, LLC, Wilmington, DE (FAA still shows this owner even though 147552 was purchased by Scott Miner in August of 2012) Grumman S-2A Scott Miner purchased the aircraft in August of 2012.

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.  We are working on finding more information.  DDJ 3-4-2013

Known Civilian History as provided by Aad van der Voet: 6-26-2013
Pima Air Museum on Feb 28, 1989
Registered as N6945A in January 1990
Registered as N8225E in late 1990
Purchased by Dennis Plunk from Dumas, TX in 2004 and flew it to Amarillo, TX
In 2005 it was sold to an unknown owner and flown to Tri-County Airport near Bonifay, FL
On 11-Jan-2006 it was registered to Gold Americas Inc
In August of 2012 Scott Miner purchased the aircraft.  As of June 2013 it is still at Bonifay, FL
Airliners Pima 147552
147552 for Sale - This link shows what she looked like at Pima
Airliners 147552-All
149265 N431DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at Turbo Tracker Tanker #78.  Manufactured in 2005.
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Airliners 149265-All

Aircraft Data 149265 2008
149268 N432DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at Turbo Tracker Tanker #71
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Warbird Registry 149268

Airliners 149268-All
149273 N6192D Dennis Callahan of Neptune Beach, FL Grumman S2F-3 The registration expired on 12-31-2012.  DDJ 5-18-2013

Added 11-30-2010

149848 N437DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at This S2F ended up on the front page of the China Daily on October 24, 2007.  I was in China at the time and have the newspaper in my collection.  The color photo showed  #73 dropping retardant on the California wildfires.  Turbo Tracker Tanker #73.
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Airliners 149848-All
149854 N439DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at Turbo Tracker Tanker #74
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Airliners 149854-All
Goleta Air & Space Museum Collection-2006
149855 N433DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at Turbo Tracker Tanker #86
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Airliners 148855-All
149862 N428DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at Turbo Tracker Tanker #91
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Airport Data 149862-2005
Warbird Registry 149862-2002
149873 N440DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at Turbo Tracker Tanker #96
Airport Data 149873-2005
151640 N438DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at Turbo Tracker Tanker #85
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Airport Data 151640-2008
My Aviation 151640-2006-1

My Aviation 151640-2006-2
My Aviation 151640-2006-3
151654 N444DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at Turbo Tracker Tanker #75
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Airliners 151654-All
151667  N667MA Marsh Aviation Company, Mesa, AZ Grumman S-2E Grumman Serial Number 200C.   Marsh Surplus Yard.  This has no engines on it.  Number 24 on the nose.
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152337 N436DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at Turbo Tracker Tanker #76.
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Airport Data 152337 2007-1
Airport Data 152337 2007-2
Goleta Air & Space Museum Collection-2006
152341 N450DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at Turbo Tracker Tanker #93
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Airport Data 152341-2006-1

Airport Data 152341-2006-2
152345 N445DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at Turbo Tracker Tanker #80
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Airport Data 152345-2004

Jet Photos 152345-2005
152347 N448DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at Turbo Tracker Tanker #95
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Airliners 152347-2006
152808 N441DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at Turbo Tracker Tanker #100
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Airliners 152808-2007
Airport Data 152808-2005
USS Bennington Photo 152808-1968
152817 N422DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at Turbo Tracker Tanker #82
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Airliners 152817-All

Airport Data 152817-2006
Warbird Registry 152817-2004
152820 N424DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at Turbo Tracker Tanker #83
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Airliners 152824-All

Airport Data 152824-2005
152824 N426DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at Turbo Tracker Tanker #88
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Airliners 152824-2002

Goleta Air & Space Museum Collection-2004
Airport Data 152824-2005
Warbird Registry 152824-2004
152825 N425DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at Turbo Tracker Tanker #89
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Airport-Data 152825
Warbird Registry 152825 
Jet Photos-all 152825
Wildfire 152825
152826 N442DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at Grumman Serial Number 295C.  Turbo Tracker Tanker #94
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Airliners 152826-All First flight after rebuild included
152838 N449DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at Turbo Tracker Tanker #81
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Airport Data 152838-2005

Jet Photos 152838-2005
153570 N427DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at Turbo Tracker Tanker #70
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Airport Data 153570-2008
Airliners 153570-All
Warbird Registry 153570 2002
153573 N435DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at Turbo Tracker Tanker #72
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Airliners 153573-All
Airport Data 153573-2005
Warbird Registry 153573 2002
153579 N434DF USDA Forest Service, McClellan, CA Marsh Aviation S-2F3at Turbo Tracker Tanker #90
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Airport Data 153759-2005
Warbird Registry 153759-2002
Airliners 153759-2000

 

 USA Museum or Outside Display S2F / S-2 Trackers
Listed in numerical order by US Navy Bureau Number


136427 on take-off
 

BuNo

Type Location Links for the aircraft and other information
133179 Grumman S2F-1 Mid America Aviation Museum in Liberal, KS This was previously registered with the FAA as N5470C and was de-registered 7-9-2012 which is not a surprise as it had been on static Display for quite some time.  DDJ 5-18-2013.

This Museum at one time had a web page that showed the Tracker, but the site is no longer functional.  It as been replaced by the one below from the Kansas Travel Organization.  The museum is housed in an former Beech Aircraft plant and the airport itself was a B-24 training base during WWII.
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Kansas Travel Org
Tin Feathers - Mid American Aviation Museum and 133179
My Aviation Net 133179-2005
Geta-o.maxs 133179
Marvellouswings 133179

133264 TS-2A Empire State Aerosciences Museum, Glenville, NY (Previously at USS Intrepid Museum, Manhattan, NY.)  AF-405, VS-72
133264 went on display at its new home in Glenville, NY no later than May of  2009.
Empire State Aerosciences Museum Website
DailyGazette.com 133264 - 10-24-2008
Aeroplane Monthly
Photos of it previously at USS Intrepid
Aeroweb 133264
Plane Pictures 133264
Airliners 133264
MyAviation 133264
JetPhotos 133264
IrishAirPics 133264
Rob Clubkawasaki 133264
136421 S2F-1 Castle Air Museum, Atwater, CA 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

Formerly on the ramp at Sequoia Airport, Visalia, CA until it was moved to The Castle Air Museum in Atwater, CA on 11-14-2012.  It will be undergoing restoration and then placed on static display in the outside display area.  Information on this important move was provided by Vander Jagt.

This airframe was previously owned by a private individual.  According to Frederick Weber of TBM, Inc. at the Sequoia Airport at Visalia, 136421 has been donated to the Milestones of Flight Museum in Lancaster, CA.  Currently the engines are off the aircraft so it appears that the aircraft will need to be disassembled and trucked to its new home.  Information and photos of 136421 were provided by Frederick Wester.  I was unaware of this aircraft until informed by Mr. Wester.
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136468 S2F-1 Pima Aviation Museum, Tucson, AZ See my Tracker Photo Page
Shanaberger.com Tracker 136468-1
Pima Museum S2F Photo
Aeroweb 136468
Marvellouswings 136468
136475 US-2A  AMARC, Tucson, AZ This was previously shown as being in storage.  However, my visit to AMARC in May of 2009 confirmed that this is on display for visitors along what is known as Celebrity Row.  136475 can be seen on the bus tour that originates at the Pima Air Museum.  It is on the left side of the bus as one turns on to Celebrity Row.
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Airliners 136475-2008
136536 S2F-1 Pennsylvania Academy of Art, Philadelphia, PA Grumman Serial Number 445.  This Tracker was at one time registered as N436DF and labeled as CDF Air Tanker 100.  However, registration N436DF has been passed on to Turbo Tanker 152337 with Tanker Number 76.  Tanker 100 is now 152808 registered as N441DF.  136536 as of August of 2007 is sitting at Mather.
In November 28, 2009 the airframe, minus engines, went up for sale on Ebay for $10,000.  The aircraft was located at Joppa, AL and from satellite photos and the photos on the Ebay site the Tracker appears to be located in a salvage yard in Joppa.  The airframe has a total of 11,707.1 hours on it.  It did not sell in this auction.
The engines are being sold separately for $4,500 a piece and include the accessories and engine mounts.  Engine One has 914.7 hours TSO and Engine Two has 1278.9 hours TSO.  One engine did sell on December 22, 2009 for $4,500.
On January 7, 2010 the airframe went up for sale for $5,000 on a five day Ebay sale.

Specline Inc dba The Cactus Air Force of Carson City, NV purchased this airframe for spare parts from John Grisham of Blountsville, Alabama.  When it returns to Carson City parts such as the wheels and tires will be removed and used to get 133204 flying.  It will be used as a spare part aircraft and as a engine test stand.

The above did not work out as planned.  Without getting into the ugly details it looks like the person in Joppa, AL sold the aircraft twice with it ending up as horrible and ugly looking work of art in downtown Philadelphia, PA.  There may yet be legal ramifications to all of this.

This has been put into the museum/display category in October 2011 as it is now supposedly on public display, such as it is.   Construction started on 10-18-2011.

Airliners 136536

http://www.pafa.org/About/Lenfest-Plaza/Grumman-Greenhouse/1143/  This has photos of 136536 in place an being installed. 

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/19663-sculture-to-make-philadelphia-crash-landing

http://articles.philly.com/2011-09-27/news/30208695_1_bomber-panel-of-academy-faculty-david-brigham

Ebay January 2010 136546
Ebay November-December 2009 136546
Ebay R-1820 Engines
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136567 S2F-1 Estrella Warbird Museum, Paso Robles, CA This Tracker was formerly registered as N411DF and was de-registered on 11-7-2012.  DDJ 5-18-2013

This aircraft is registered with the FAA as Serial Number 476.  However, in July of 2001 it was in involved in a wheels up landing and is currently  on display at the Estrella Warbird Museum in Paso Robles, CA.  It was operated by California Dept of Forestry (CDF) as Tanker 74 and may be on loan to the museum.  Note he bent prop blades and missing bomb bay. Replaced by 149854 as Tanker 74.  As of Feb. 2009 the aircraft was still registered to USDA, although the Status is in question and possible sale was reported.
Estrella Tracker

Airliners N411DF-0
Airliners N411DF-1
Warbird Registry 136567
136691 US-2B USS Hornet Museum, Alameda, CA 136691 was donated to the Hornet Museum in August of 2000 and came on board the ship on September 9th of that same year.  It has apparently been under "restoration" since then.  It does not look like any work has been done on it since it arrived.  It took me a while to find where it was located way at the back end of the hangar deck in a workshop area with very little light.  The Tracker may be suffering from looked like a case of lack of funding of the entire museum.  There were not very many aircraft on display compared to other carrier museums I have visited and it was very difficult to find.
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USS Hornet US-2B
USS Hornet US-2B-1

USS Hornet US-2B-2

136745
 
S-2A Hemet-Ryan CDF Base, Hemet, CA This is a former Japanese Navy Tracker 4146 that came back to the US and is now a Gate Guard at the CDF base at Hemet, CA.  It was never registered with the FAA or converted to a fire bomber.
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Airliners 136745-2008
Airliners 136745-2003
Airliners 136745-2001
144721 US-2A Selfridge Military Air Museum, Mount Clemens, MI This aircraft actually served with the Naval Reserve at Selfridge from 1968 to 1979.
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Selfridge Tracker
Airliners 144721-1989
147870 S-2D Kaneohe - Marine Corps Base, HI Airliners 147870-2008
148730 S-2F  NAS Jacksonville, FL This was placed on display on May, 5, 1998.  Previous to that time it was located at Cecil Field before it closed
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Warbird Registry 148730
149240 S-2D Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Pax River S-2D
Marvellouswings 149240
Aeroweb 149240-2000
Aeroweb 149240-1-2000
Airliners 149240-2006
Paul Nann149240-1988
151647 S-2C Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, FL See my Tracker Photo Page
Airliners 151647-2006-1
Aeroweb 151647-various
151657 S-2E Patriots Point, SC (USS Yorktown) Thank you to William Rogerson for sending in photos this Tracker.
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William Rogerson-Front Quarter-1 - 2006
William Rogerson-Front Quarter-2 - 2006
William Rogerson-Front Quarter-3 - 2006
William Rogerson-Front Quarter-4 - 2006
William Rogerson-Search Light - 2006
William Rogerson-MAD Boom - 2006
William Rogerson-Sonabouys - 2006
William Rogerson-Tail Section - 2006

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  USA S2F / S-2 Trackers in Storage
Listed in numerical order by US Navy Bureau Number

The Trackers that were located at St. Augustine, FL were scrapped the first half of 2011. I visited in July 2011 and confirmed they were no longer there.  All that was left were a few pieces of scrap metal on the ground.  The nine airframes had been located in a small residential yard just north of the St. Augustine just west of US 1 since the early 1970s when they were moved there from the airport.  Since that time they have been somewhat of an aviation attraction while at the same time providing spare parts for flyable S2F's.  While the neighbors in the area are no doubt glad to see them leave it is always a sad day when any aircraft gets scrapped out.  For photos of the aircraft go to My Tracker Photo Page.
 

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136663 S2F-1 Jacob Wyrick in Montana is the current owner as of 4-8-2012.   (Aircraft is located at Mather Airport, Sacramento, CA)

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

This tracker sold on Ebay on April 8, 2012.  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. 
This is Grumman Serial Number 572 and was last registered with CDF as N453DF and apparently started with the CDF as Tanker 91 even though it is currently marked as Tanker 86.  The FAA online record for this N Number shows that the aircraft was "destroyed" in 2002.  However, that is not the case as Mr. Churchman purchased the aircraft in 2007 in a US Government auction.  Further communication with the FAA indicates that the aircraft was only decommissioned for sale.  As of December 2010 Mr. Churchman was looking to move the aircraft to El Paso or sell it if anyone is interested.  There is no N number registered to this as of December 2010.
Michael Churchman 136663-1
Michael Churchman 136663-2
Michael Churchman 136663-3
Michael Churchman 136663-4
Michael Churchman 136663-5
Simon Codd  Photo 136663 Sept 2010

144723 US-2A Unknown location ( Last known location was CDF Air Depot, McClellan Airport, Sacramento, CA) This may have been purchased by Christopher Schneider, Sutter Creek, CA spare parts.  Not known at this time.
Airliners Old Tanker 95-2008
147531 S2F-3 Marsh Aviation Company, Mesa, AZ This aircraft in my photo has FAA Registration Number N147MA which is no longer registered to a Grumman Tracker at Marsh (This registration is currently applied to an American Champion 501-2005 in Georgia).  Even though the FAA records state that the aircraft was destroyed I believe this to still be 147531.
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147893 S-2E Lee County Mosquito Control, Fort Meyers, FL This was de-registered on 2-25-2013.  No known disposition of this aircraft is known or if it still even exists. FAA Registration was N64727

FAA Records show this being sold to Lee County Mosquito Control.  No date given. Added 11-30-2010

151664 S-2E Floyd Bennett Field Historical Aircraft Restoration Project (HARP), Long Island, NY I have moved this to storage as it is not on display and does not appear to be going to be restored after all of the carelessness in its transport.  Unwanted and unloved!
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This aircraft was at the Intrepid Air Sea Museum in NY, NY and then went to the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island.  However, the museum did not really have room for it and the US Navy, which still owns the Tracker, wanted it at a former Naval Air Station in Long Island.  Thank you to William Malone for bringing this to my attention.  See his photos below.
William Maloney 151664-2009
Warbird Registry151664-2006

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