Grumman S2F-1 Tracker

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Grumman
Markings
Naval Air Station Grosse Ile, Michigan, 1968
Designation
S2F-1
Serial Number
136468

Grumman S2F-1 Tracker

The Grumman S2F-1 Tracker entered service with the United States Navy in February 1954 replacing Grumman Avengers and Grumman Guardians in the anti-submarine role. The Tracker was the first twin-engined aircraft to be routinely operated off of the Navy’s small Escort and Light carriers. Trackers operated from American aircraft carriers until August 1976, more than 20 years after the type was first introduced. The Tracker proved popular with the Navies of several other nations as well, including; Canada, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Peru, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Retired Trackers have been converted into fire-fighting aircraft and can be regularly seen dropping fire retardant on forest fires in the western United States.

Specifications
Wingspan 69 ft 8 in
Length 42 ft
Height 16 ft 3 in
Weight 23,470 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 272 mph
Service Ceiling 22,800 ft
Range 968 miles
Engines 2 Wright R-1820-82 radial with 1,425 horsepower each
Crew 4