United States Navy

This US-2C wears the marking of Vc-1. Photo via Bill Stevens.
This US-2C belonged to Advanced Aviation Services (Reno-Stead Field). The aircraft was in service for cloud seeding and still had the markings of its last operator, VC-3. Unfortunately this Stoof crashed 17 April 2000. Photo: Buzz.
Side view of the 133355/UF-1. The civil registration was N7046U. On 17 April 2000 this aircraft lost an engine on take-off and went into loosing three souls including Al Redick, the owner. The crew were take-off on a trainingflight when the accident happened. Buzz was about 100yds from the scene and took a picture of the remains
The US-2Cs were the most colorfully marked Trackers in the US Navy. This picture is probably taken at Atsugi (Japan). Photo: Unknown
The US-2C was utilized as an airborne target. The US-2C was the most colourful aircraft in the USN inventory. Here a US-2C of VC-5. Photo: Unknown
Here a S-2A of VS-21 (BuNo 133382, code YA-11) in-flight over Naval Station San Diego, circa 1960. Photo: Mahlon K. Miller (USN)
Here a S2 Tracker of VS-21 firing a Bullpup missile over the Sea Test Range of Point Mugu (CA). Photo: Al Sanchez
Thumbs up! Ready to go for this VS-22 S-2. Photo: David Bacon.
How spectaculair! The hook of this Tracker grasp the arrestingcable while the aircraft bumps up from the flightdeck. Photo: David Bacon.
VS-22 Trackers warming up their engines at the USS Wasp. Photo: David Bacon.
The 136504 of VS-22 with running engines in front of one of the elevators. Photo: David Bacon.
The island of an aircraftcarrier is always a nice picturepoint. Here a S-2 of VS-22 waiting its turn while a C-1A Trader goes airborne. Photo: Bill Schultz.
Couple of S-2Es from VS-28. Photo: Mr Boyce via Terry McGinnis
After unfoldings its wings this S-2 rolls to the catapult of the USS Kearsarge during flightoperations in 1964. Photo: Mahlon K. Miller (USN)
Cruising at save heights, this S-2A (136658/NS-35 VS-29) shows MAD-boom and belly radome deployed. Photo: Mahlon K. Miller (USN)
A very nice picture about a VS-29 S-2E somewhere above the clouds. Photo: Mahlon K. Miller (USN)
A VS-29 S-2E (BuNo 152335, code NS-31) with MAD boom and radome extended, in-flight near NAS North Island, 30 June 1965. Photo: Mahlon K. Miller (USN)
A S-2E (buno ?/NS-220) of VS-29. Photo: Mahlon K. Miller (USN)
A split second for launch. The Flight Deck Officer gives the 'go-signal'. Photo: Bill Schultz
Torpedo drop from the 152372. Photo: Bill Schultz
Bolter!! The pilot missed the arrester cabels and give full throttle for another attempt. Photo: Bill Schultz
Here a VS-32 Tracker aboard the USS Essex. Photo: Bill Schultz
Two Trackers of VS-32 dare the element of nature. The one in foreground is a S-2C and the other one is a S-2B. Photo: Unknown
Bob Wallis was in VS-32 and took some pictures of Trackers during the cruises of the squadron. Photo: Bob Wallis
Here another VS-32 Stoof with AU tailcode. Photo: Bob Wallis
One more S-2G at North Island. This VS-33 Tracker (152820) was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 11, USS Kitty Hawk. Photo: Collection Henk Eldering.
Terry McGinnis sent us a nice picture and sold me this: "Herea file from Larry Semays via Lee Dimech of VS-35's Flight Line at North Island. You might notice two NV-16's in this picture. Wonder what's up with that? Don't remember having two at one time. You might also notice some have the squadron insignia on the nose and some don't. When I got to the squadron in 65 we had S-2D's and I think all had the squadron decal on them. As we acquired S-2E's I don't think the decal was added until one day I noticed there were none. I'm not sure if this was how it actually went but I bet there are a mix of D's and E's in this picture.
This S-2E of VS-35 was special marked with Snoopy flying a kennel. Photo: via Terry McGinnis
Here is a VS-35 Tracker seen during the 1968 cruise in Yokosuka aboard the USS Hornet. The photo was taken during the Navy Day on October 27th, 1968. Photo: Takafumi Hiroe via Terry McGinnis
An S-2G (152812) of VS-37/USS Kitty Hawk at NAS North Island. The characteristic smoke marker is on the other side. Photo: Collection Henk Eldering.
The trap of a S-2 aboard the USS Hornet. Photo: via Terry McGinnis.
An inflight picture of the 148721/NV-37 (S-2D) of VS-37. Photo: Carmen Sarge via Jack Carson
S-2E 152368 of training unit VS-41 was based at NAS North Island (San Diego). Photo: Collection Henk Eldering.
This picture was maybe taken at at NAS Lakehurst N.J. in 73. Looks like the inspection panels are open on the tail and the Leigh light is missing from the Starboard wing. Either they are working on it or using it for parts for other aircraft. Photo: George via Terry McGinnis.
An S-2E (BuNo 151643) of reserve squadron VS-71 with Zuni rocket launcher pods. Photo: Collection Henk Eldering.
This S-2E with VS-73 markings is preserved at Pensacola, FL. Photo: David Bacon.
Another S-2E. BuNo 151644 flew with VS-81, a reserve squadron. Photo: Collection Henk Eldering.
This S-2E (BuNo 149845) of reserve squadron VS-82 was seen at the storage centre MASDC. According to the storage number on the nose it was the 436th Tracker to arrive. Photo: Collection Henk Eldering.
Some reserve units of the US Navy used Trackers with day-glow colors. This 133242/5Y-11 belonged to VS-721. Photo: Unknown
Under the watchful eyes of de LSOs, the 136651/SU of VS-722 just before trapping. Note the elevator straight-up and an A-1 Spad in the background. Photo: Unknown
Two S-2F-1s of VS-733 over the coastline of Massachusetts for a patrol during the Berlin Crisis. The unit designator "CT" was for VS-733 a reserve unit. Photo: Collection Hal Neubauer.
Base Flights
Bill Guin: "I worked on the Tracker while I was stationed at NARU Memphis in the '70's. This picture was taken while flying over the Mississippi River on it's way back to NAS Millington. Notice the "M" at the top of the tail. That is the symbol for "Believe in Memphis". It is also the shape of the bridge that goes across the Mississippi River from Memphis to Arkansas".
This S-2A (at that time a S-2F) was photographed in southern California somewhere in 1957. This plane was the stationflight of NAS Los Alamitos (tailcode 7L). It was the first at Los Alamitos to be fitted with a SNORKEL SNIFFer for sniffing out diesel subs. The 7L S2Fs at Los Alamitos were there in support of weekday anti-sub work and week-end reserve squadron support for VS-771/772/773/774. Photo: Walt Scholl
Another stationbird. This time a US-2A form NAS Dallas, buno 136584 and tailcode 7D. Photo: Michel (F-4 Phantom website)
And a US-2B (136445) of NAF Naples. Photo: Collection Henk Eldering.
A US Marines US-2B (133070) of "FMF - LANT" which means Fleet Marine Force-Atlantic (Thanks to Terry McGinnis for the correct answer). Photo: Collection Henk Eldering.
A very special S-2F with "Pacific Missile Range" markings is this 136485. The Tracker was used to clear the range prior to missile tests. Photo: Collection Henk Eldering.
The picture was taken during a propeller vibration survey test conducted at Patuxent River NAS in January, 1992. The photo shows the airplane taking off using a dry land catapult to simulate an aircraft carrier take-off. The tests were part of a program Hartzell conducted for Marsh Engineering of Mesa, Arizona USA to convert the Argentine Navy S-2s to 5-bladed 132 inch diameter feathering and reversing Kevlar composite propellers for use with Honeywell (Garrett) TPE331-15 engines. Hartzell also conducted tests using the dry land arresting gear as well during this testing program to simulate carrier landings. (Thanks to Mike Disbrow, Vice President Hartzell Propeller Inc.) Photo: Mr. John Hartmann, Sr. Test Engineer, Hartzell Propeller Inc.
One of the last US Navy S-2s to arrive at AMARC was this ES-2D (147531/26) of PMTC. The photo was taken in January 1987.
Who can help us to identify the units of this pictures
Two Trackers awaiting fire bomber conversion at TBM Enterprises at Sequia Field, North of Visalia (Ca.) in 1987. Photo: Dana E. Lubich.
A S-2 Tracker without markings, probably a latest version prototype. Photo: Unknown
A S-2E while trapping aboard the Kearsarge (CVS-33). Photo: Mahlon K. Miller (USN)
Deckcrew around a S-2A aboard the USS Kearsarge during a rainy day in 1964. Photo: Mahlon K. Miller (USN)
A flock of Stoofs ready to launch. I wish I could turn back the time 36 years. Photo: Mahlon K. Miller (USN)
No less then fifteen S-2 Trackers on the USS Randolphs flightdeck. Photo: Paul Messina
This S-2A (136564) flies over a sub-marine in 1964. Photo: Mahlon K. Miller (USN)
A flightdeck officer directs a early model S-2F to the catapult of the USS Leyte (1955). Photo: US Navy
Isn't it a beautiful picture? A S-2A Tracker is about to land aboard the USS Leyte under the watchful eye of the LSO (Landing Signal Officer). Photo: US Navy
A S-2A Tracker with extracted MAD boom inflight. Photo: Grumman
This Stoof is about to land aboard a USN aircraft carrier somewhere in 1961. Photo: US Navy
Stoof take off from a US Navy carrier somewhere. Photo: Robert Dibb AWCS (ret) USN
This TS-2A (133264/AE-405) is preserved onboard The USS Intrepid museum, New York. Photo: Robert Hockemeijer.
Rumbling Trackers aboard the USS Hornet during manoeuvres in the Japanse Sea. Photo: via Terry McGinnis.
Arjen Sleeuwenhoek took a picture of this US-2B (N37AM ex 136431/D485) at Tehachapi (CA) in 1988. This aircraft is now part of the Cavanaugh Flight Museum Addison AP TX and airworthy!
This Tracker is on display at Pima Air Museum and well preserved.The last operator was RAW73. Photo: Hal Neubauer.
A TS-2A at the Fresno Air Terminal graveyard in 1987. This Stoof was identified by Gerben Groothuis as 133276/N432DF. Larry H. Allen (AC VS-25/30/41) explained us that the code 4M stands for NAS Memphis (TN), thanks Larry! Photo: Dana E. Lubich.