Royal Netherlands Navy
Frits Klinkhamer sent us some fine pictures. He served in de Dutch Army in Suriname and had the change to visit Curacao and Aruba. At Hato he visited the Trackers of the Royal Netherlands Navy.
Photo: Frits Klinkhamer.
Photo: Frits Klinkhamer.
Photo: Frits Klinkhamer.
Stijn Coccoris was a radio and ASW-operatorator in the period 1962-1967.He took some fine pictures from the cockpit.
Note the can of juice on the lower instrument panel. Photo: Stijn Coccoris.
Stijn also served with VSQ-4 onboard the HrMs Karel Doorman which can be seen in the distance. Photo: Stijn Coccoris.
Photo: Stijn Coccoris.
Photo: Stijn Coccoris.
Photo: Stijn Coccoris.
Photo: Stijn Coccoris.
Stijn Coccoris was with VSQ-1 stationed at Hato, Dutch Antilles, Curacao.
Tracker-Heaven at NAS Valkenburg!!!Photo: Stijn Coccoris.
Photo: Stijn Coccoris.
These Trackers were put into storage at NAS De Kooy. The aircraft on the right is completely cocooned. Photo: Martin Blokker
Here a Tracker without a MAD-boom so this must be an US-2N (target towing duties). Photo: Martin Blokker
This Tracker belonged to 320Sq ones. This example came out of maitanance and was displayed during an airshow. Note the Westland Wasp on the background. Photo: Martin Blokker
This picture was taken during a deliveryflight from the USA. Mr Dick Keppel served with SQ860 and took this picture around Florida in 1959. Note the absence of the tailcode.
Grieko ten Cate served with VSQ-1 (Hato) as an Engineer. This picture shows the first arrival of the 187 at Hato in December 1960.
Rob Cillekens served onboard the HrMs Karel Doorman. He took a photoserie for his private collection. Here a bunch of S-2As ready for taxiing to the bowcatapult. On the foreground you can the bridles. The crew with the black and white shirts handles the catapult.
The catapult crew attaching the Stoof to the cat under the watchful eye of the Vlieg Dek Officier (Flight Deck Officer).
The Flight Deck Officer gives the pilot the green flag just before the launch. Photo Rob Cillekens.
After a short run the Stoof is leaving the flightdeck with a cloud a steam. Photo Rob Cillekens.
Here a S-2A making a low pass over the ship. Photo: Rob Cillekens.
This is about to touch and go on the HrMs Karel Doorman during exercises on the North Atlantic. Photo: Rob Cillekens.
The 164 (buno 148286) trapped on the deck. Photo: Rob Cillekens.
This Stoof was involved in an accident. Follwing an unofficial statement, the pilot of the Stoof, Mr de Koning, got the signal to go around so full power was given. But the hook craps one of the cables and the plane bumps from the deck, into the catwalk. The Stoof was recovered, but to much damaged to fly again the same cruise. Photo: Rob Cillekens.
Here the 161 during recovery from the catwalk. Photo: Rob Cillekens.
The 151 and 160 here seen inside a hangaar with VSQ2 markings on the engine nacelle. Photo: via Leon Wohlert
The 171/V, here seen near the island of the HrMs Karel Doorman. Photo: via Leon Wohlert
This Tracker is protected with an unknown liquid by a technician at Valkenburg. Photo: via Leon Wohlert
The 167/V served for VSQ-5, 320Sqn, VSQ-2 and VSQ-4. After rebuild to S-2N, the Stoof also served for VSQ-1 and was finally scrapped at De Kooy, September 1974. Photo: via Leon Wohlert
This Stoof (buno: 148284) was rebuild in March 1969 to S-2N and was finally withdrawn from service 9 February 1974 and scrapped at Hato (Dutch Antilles). Photo: via Leon Wohlert
The 154 (buno: 147644) was accepted by the MLD on 25 May 1960 and served for, 320Sqn, VSQ-2 and VSQ-4. The 154 was transferred to Turkey on 6 September 1971 and is now preserved in Ankara. Photo: via Leon Wohlert
The 170 aboard the HrMs Karel Doorman. Photo: via Leon Wohlert
The 163/V. Photo: via Leon Wohlert
The 169/V was accepted by the MLD on 12 january 1961. Photo: via Eric van Heeswijk.
The end of the 181/H. Note the marking at the engine nacelle. Photo: via Leon Wohlert
The 191/H in a very bad condition. Photo: via Leon Wohlert
The 192/H served only for VSQ-1 and was finally scrapped at De Kooy. Photo: via Leon Wohlert
This picture is probably taken after 1974, when the aircraft withdrawn from service. The circumstances are unclear. Grieko ten Cate (ret MLD) thinks this pictures was taken at the pier near NAS De Kooy in 1962. De Grumman Trackers of VSQ-1 were maintained in the Netherlands. The Royal Dutch Steamline Service transported the Trackers between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles. From the habour of Amsterdam the Trackers were ferried by pontoon to NAS De Kooy. Photo: via Leon Wohlert
The Stoofs at Hato, Curaçao, had two different colourschemes. The CS-2's were Dark Sea Grey and Light Sea Grey and the S-2As had the standard MLD Grey and Light Green colourscheme. Some CS-2s received also the original MLD-colourscheme after 1967 (see next picture) Source: De geschiedenis van Camouflage en Kentekens op vliegtuigen van de Nederlandse strijdkrachten via Eric van Heeswijk.
The 184/H was for a long time an instructional airframe at the Anthony Fokker School at The Hague. Photo: Herbert Boers, 1984.
Nowadays the 184/H is stored at NAS Valkenburg and is waiting for restoration.
This picture was taken from the HrMs Karel Doorman during maritime exercises. Note the red spinners. Photo: Collection Frits Wijnja.
Another picture of the 169. Photo: Collection Frits Wijnja.
US-2N 160 was one of the last two Trackers in Dutch service. They were used for towing targets. Photo: Henk Eldering.
The US-2Ns were withdrawn from service in October 1975. Photo: Henk Eldering.
The other US-2N that flew until 1975 was the '159'. Photo: Henk Eldering.
Another picture of the '159'. Photo: collection Frits Wijnja.
An unusual picture of an S-2A. The 173/D (D for aircraft carrier HrMs Karel Doorman) with everything down. This Tracker was transferred to the Turkish Navy as 136576 in 31 December 1971. Photo: collection Frits Wijnja
This picture of the S-2N '164' was taken on the platform of Hato, Dutch Antilles. Photo: Frits Wijnja
Number 161 went to the USA in 1974. Her fate is unknown. Photo: collection Frits Wijnja
Another inflight picture of a S-2N, 164. Notice the three hardpoints under each wing. Photo: collection Frits Wijnja
The 158 with tailcode 'H' for Hato at Curaçao. Photo: collection Frits Wijnja
The 166 on the elevator of the front deck. Photo: collection Evert-Jan de Rond
The 166 unfolds his wings prior the launch onboard the HrMs Karel Doorman, or Fat Boat as most sailors called her. Photo: collection Evert-Jan de Rond
A row of Trackers onboard the HrMs Karel Doorman. Photo: collection Evert-Jan de Rond
Number 159 is preserved at the Aviodome aviation museum at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Its condition is poor. 'V' is for Valkenburg, its homebase.
Another picture of the '159 at Schiphol. Without overhaul this Stoof will be scrap real soon. This picture was taken by Jan-Jaap Bats, to visit his site about the DC-2 Click here!
S-2A '147' ready for take-off at Valkenburg. Photo: Rob Schleiffert sr.
The Dutch Trackers were based onboard the HrMs Karel Doorman until 1968. Photo: MLD.
This Dutch Tracker (former '151') was in use with the KLM Company School at Schiphol airport for many years. She has transferred to the National Aviation College in nearby Hoofddorp Photo: Marco Borst.
The KLM S-2 is in excellent condition. Photo: Marco Borst.
For a long time this S-2A was preserved at Bosbad Hoeven where this picture was take in May 1989. Photo: Evert-Jan de Rond