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S-2 Tracker

BuNo. 151657

 
 
S-2 Tracker Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 12, 2009
1. S-2 Tracker Marker
Inscription.  

Beginning in the 1950s, many Essex-class carriers like Yorktown,were designated anti-submarine aircraft carriers (CVS) to challenge the growing Soviet submarine threat. The S-2 Tracker was the prominent ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) weapon aboard these ships into the 1970s. Trackers were equipped with improved detection electronics and a 70 million candlepower searchlight. Armed with a combination of torpedoes, rockets, mines, and depth charges, the Tracker also had offensive capability. By 1976, all of the Essex-class CVSs were retired. ASW squadrons were deployed (with attack and fighter squadrons) aboard the larger Forrestal and Nimitz class aircraft carriers. The new S-3 Viking replaced the Tracker at this time.

Manufacturer : Grumman
Type: carrier-based ASW aircraft
Crew : two pilot , two radar operators
Powerplant: two 1,525 hp Wright R-1820-82 radial engines
Wingspan: 72 ft 7 in (22.12 m)
Length: 43 ft 6 in (13.26 m)
Height: 16 ft 7.5 in (5 m)
Weight: 19,033 lbs (8,633 kg) empty; 26,867 lbs (12,187.5 kg) maximum
Armament:fuselage weapons-bay for one depth bomb, torpedoes,
S-2 Tracker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 19, 2013
2. S-2 Tracker
Payload: Up to 1588 kg (3495 lb) of freight
mines, rockets, or Bullpup air-to-surface missile; 4,810 lbs (2,182 kg) maximum ordnance
Maximum speed: 253 mph (407 km/h)
Combat radius: 400 miles (643 kilometers)
Service ceiling: 22,000 ft (6,705.5 m)

This aircraft on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, Florida
 
Erected by Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: Air & Space.
 
Location. 32° 47.382′ N, 79° 54.507′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Memorial can be reached from Patriot Point Road. Aboard the USS Yorktown. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant SC 29464, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. F-14 Tomcat (a few steps from this marker); S-3B Viking (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Laffey (within shouting distance of this marker); A-6E Intruder (within shouting distance of this marker); Carrier-Based A-6 Intruder (within shouting distance of this marker); F-8K Crusader (within shouting distance of this marker); SH-3G Sea King (within shouting distance of this marker); The A-7E Corsair II (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
 
S-2 Tracker - Armament: 2181 kg (4800 lbs) of depth charges, torpedoes, or rockets image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 12, 2009
3. S-2 Tracker - Armament: 2181 kg (4800 lbs) of depth charges, torpedoes, or rockets
S-2 Tracker image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
4. S-2 Tracker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 959 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on March 29, 2020, by David Bacon of Woodstock, Georgia. Photos:   1. submitted on May 21, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on September 30, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3, 4. submitted on May 21, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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