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introduced in 1954, the S-­2 Tracker was designed to find, follow and if necessary kill enemy submarines. Spanning three decades, the primary purpose of the S-­2 was to be a thorn in the side of Soviet submarines. Originally designated the S-­2F-­1, it didn't take long for e Tracker crews to come up with the nickname STOOF (as in S-­2-­F).

A fixture on Essex class carriers like USS Yorktown, the S-­2 expanded sub hunting to the open ocean in ways land based brethren like the P-­3 Orion could not. The S-­2 could turn into an offensive weapon, armed with a combination of torpedoes, rockets, mines and depth charges.

Craft Stats

Type Twin-­engined Anti Submarine Warfare Aircraft
Bureau Number 151627
NMNA ID 2005.074.001
Manufacturer Grumman
Powerplant Two 1137-­kW (1525-­hp) Wright R-­1820-­82 or -­82A radial piston engines
Maximum speed 451 km/h (280 mph) at 1220 m (4000 ft)
Cruising speed 269 km/h (167 mph)
Climb rate 594 m/min (1950 fpm)
Range 1785 km (1105 miles)
Ceiling 7560 m (24,800 ft)
Weights Empty 7544 kg (16,600 lb) Maximum take-­‐off 11,158 kg (24,548 lb)
Armament 2181 kg (4800 lbs) of depth charges, torpedoes, or rockets
Dimensions Span 21.23 m (69 ft 8 in) Length 12.80 m (42 ft) Height 4.97 m (156 ft 4 in) Wing Area 45.06 m2 (485 sq ft)
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