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Grumman S-2 Tracker * Retired *
26 S-2A (S2F-1) aircraft received under MDAP from US Navy, 8 March 1960 to 12 January 1961. 2 additional aircraft 30 March 1962. Serials 146 to 173. Used by 320 and 4 sqns for ASW duties. 18 converted to S-2N by Fairey Canada June 1968-December 1970, for 1 sqn use, of which 4 converted to US-2N trainer/transport in May 1971. Last withdrawn 7 January 1976, with some to Turkish Navy.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
146 707 147636 8 Mar 1960 returned 21 July 1971, to Turkish Navy
147 708 147637 8 Mar 1960 returned 15 May 1972, to Turkish Navy
148 709 147638 7 Apr 1960 returned 31 Dec 1971, to Turkish Navy
149 710 147639 11 Apr 1960 converted to S-2N Nov 1970, scrapped Netherlands 27 Sept 1974
150 711 147640 11 Apr 1960 accident Katwijk, w/o 11 Jan 1962
151 712 147641 23 Apr 1960 converted to S-2N Dec 1970, US-2N, preserved Bosbad Hoeven 7 Jan 1976
152 713 147642 23 Apr 1960 in the sea off Gibraltar, w/o 18 March 1963
153 714 147643 25 May 1960 converted to S-2N Sept 1970, back to US Navy 4 Nov 1974
154 715 147644 25 May 1960 returned 31 Aug 1971, to Turkish Navy
155 716 147645 25 May 1960 converted to S-2N June 1968, scrapped Dutch Antilles 9 Feb 1974
156 717 148278 18 Aug 1960 converted to S-2N June 1968, scrapped Dutch Antilles 9 Feb 1974
157 718 148279 25 June 1960 converted to S-2N Mar 1970, scrapped Netherlands 7 Jan 1976
158 719 148280 25 June 1960 converted to S-2NSept 1969, scrapped Dutch Antilles 23 Feb 1974
159 720 148281 25 June 1960 converted to S-2N Sept 1969, US-2N, preserved Aviodome 7 Jan 1976
160 721 148282 18 Aug 1960 converted to S-2N Dec 1970, US-2N, preserved MLM Soesterberg 7 Jan 1976
161 722 148283 18 Aug 1960 converted to S-2N Mar 1970, returned to US Navy 2 Dec 1974
162 723 148284 23 Aug 1960 converted to S-2N Mar 1969, scrapped Dutch Antilles 9 Feb 1974
163 724 148285 23 Aug 1960 returned 13 Oct 1971, to Turkish Navy
164 725 148286 23 Aug 1960 converted to S-2N June 1969, returned to US Navy 2 Dec 1974
165 726 148287 23 Aug 1960 converted to S-2N Nov 1969, returned to US Navy 4 Nov 1974
166 727 148288 21 Oct 1960 converted to S-2N Mar 1970, scrapped Netherlands 27 Sept 1974
167 728 148289 21 Oct 1960 converted to S-2N Sept 1970, scrapped Netherlands 27 Sept 1974
168 729 148290 21 Oct 1960 converted to S-2N Feb 1970, US-2N, scrapped Netherlands 7 Jan 1976
169 730 148291 12 Jan 1961 converted to S-2N June 1970, scrapped Netherlands 27 Sept 1974
170 731 148292 15 Dec 1960 returned 15 May 1971, to Turkish Navy
171 732 148293 15 Dec 1960 converted to S-2N Aug 1970, scrapped Netherlands 27 Sept 1974
172 368 136459 30 Mar 1962 returned 21 July 1971, to Turkish Navy
173 485 136576 30 Mar 1962 returned 28 Dec 1971, to Turkish Navy

References:

  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III Plus)
  • Dutch Military Aviation 1945-1978 by Paul A Jackson (1978)
  • 70 Jaar Marineluchtvaartdienst by N. Geldhof (1987)
  • Aviation News Vol3 No17
  • Grumman S-2 Tracker website


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