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S-3B Viking

BuNo, 159731

 
 
S-3B Viking Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 12, 2009
1. S-3B Viking Marker
Inscription. The S-3 Viking replaced the S-2 Tracker in carrier-based ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) operations by the mid 1970s. In the 1990s, the Viking's focus shifted to surface warfare and aerial refueling. The versatile Viking (often called "The Swiss Army Knife of Naval aviation"), is being replaced by the F/A-18 Super Hornet. The S-3B Viking on display participated in Operation Desert Shield/Storm in Iraq 1990-1991, Operation Restore Hope in Somalia 1992, Enforce No-Fly Zone in Iraq 1993, 1996-1998, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan 2001, and Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003-2004.

Manufacturer: Lockheed (later Lockheed Martin)
Type: carrier-based anti-submarine aircraft
Crew: pilot,co-pilot,two systems operators
Powerplant: two 9,275 lb (4,207 kg) static thrust General Electric TF-34-GE turbofans
Wingspan: 68 ft 8 in (20.93 m)
Length: 53 ft 4 in (16.26 m )
Height: 22 ft 9 in (6.93 m)
Weight: 26,650 lbs (12,088 kg) empty; 52,430 lbs (23,832 kg) maximum
Armament: up to four MK-46 torpedoes, bombs, or mines in internal weapons bay; two under wing stations for Harpoon or Maverick (medium range) air-to-surface missles, or external fuel cells; or up to 4,000 lbs (1814 kg) total ordnance
Maximum Speed: 518 mph (833.5 km/h)
Combat radius: 600 miles (965.5 kilometers)
Service
S-3B Viking and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 12, 2009
2. S-3B Viking and Marker
Carrier-borne anti-submarine aircraft. Armament: up to 3175 kg (6985 lb) of ordinance (up to 1814 kg/4000 lb in internal weapons bays), including bombs, depth charges, torpedoes and AGM-84 Harpoon air-to-surface missles
ceiling: 40,000 ft (12,192 m)

This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, Florida
 
Erected by Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum.
 
Location. 32° 47.395′ N, 79° 54.505′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Click for map. Aboard the USS Yorktown. Marker is at or near this postal address: 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant SC 29464, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A-6E Intruder (a few steps from this marker); Carrier-Based A-6 Intruder (a few steps from this marker); S-2E Tracker (within shouting distance of this marker); F-8K Crusader (within shouting distance of this marker); F-14 Tomcat (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Laffey (within shouting distance of this marker); The A-7E Corsair II (within shouting distance of this marker); SH-3G Sea King (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
 
Also see . . .  Patriots Point, S-3B Viking. Viking was initially designed to deal with any enemy submarine threat. (Submitted on May 21, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAir & SpaceWar, 1st Iraq & Desert StormWar, 2nd IraqWar, Afghanistan
 
S-3B Viking image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
3. S-3B Viking
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,326 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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