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Old 01-14-2016, 07:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Navy retires last S-3 Viking

The US Navy has retired it's last S-3 Viking. Interesting article here...

The U.S. Navy Says A Final Goodbye To The Under-Appreciated S-3 Viking*

The Viking served for several decades in Navy service, and was apparently well regarded by it's pilot's. I think HM currently offers only one paint of the Viking, I wonder if they will do more at some point..??
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Old 01-14-2016, 09:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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........ I think HM currently offers only one paint of the Viking, I wonder if they will do more at some point..??

That´s for sure! Expensive new mold must more than just pay for itself.































Some of them are S-3A, however differencies are just small:

How to tell if your Viking is an S-3B
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Old 01-14-2016, 10:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a feeling in the long term, you will see these make a comeback in the US Navy.
But for now... the only four active S-3's will be flying for NASA. When the first one was here in Ohio, they were doing icing studies. They are a very versatile aircraft frame, the platform will get a lot of use at NASA.

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Old 01-15-2016, 01:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Man I wish that were true. Unfortunately our retired Admirals/Generals turned defense contractors stand to gain nothing from it. It makes too much sense. A platform that uses off the shelf parts, has a 10 hour range,fanned motors and requires basic retooling for the new "COD" role...nah, makes too much sense.

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I have a feeling in the long term, you will see these make a comeback in the US Navy.
But for now... the only four active S-3's will be flying for NASA. When the first one was here in Ohio, they were doing icing studies. They are a very versatile aircraft frame, the platform will get a lot of use at NASA.

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Farewell mini-jumbo of the seas!
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One of the - i know it sounds kinda weird - cutest airplanes I have ever seen. Hoping for a classic, grey and white high vis scheme from HM soon.
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One of the - i know it sounds kinda weird - cutest airplanes I have ever seen. Hoping for a classic, grey and white high vis scheme from HM soon.
Yep, me too, I always thought of it as a small airliner with those small turbofan engines having from the wings...
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Another Hangar shot of the NASA S-3 while it was here in Ohio. Originally came in the low vis livery, Glenn Research popped a NASA logo on the tail.
The inside was stripped to place measuring instruments on board while running the studies. Originally she was air frame 732 of the Navy S-3 fleet.

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Great pics Jeff, I really like the white NASA scheme you posted earlier, and who knows, maybe HM will even make on someday.
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Love to see both the S-3 and F-18 in the NASA white and blue.
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The S-3 was always my favorite Naval plane. I considered myself so lucky when last year I saw one do a low pass over my house. It must have flown from Pt. Mugu. I'm glad they will live on with Nasa.
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Old 01-16-2016, 02:04 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I think that it was a poo decision of the Navy to retire the "Hoover" - this aircraft was exceptional in its original ASW role for which it would have become far more lethal with modern avionics, not to mention the cross uses that it did and potentially could have done - air to air refueler, elilnt, potential for COD, surface attack etc. The stand off ability and response time for ASW was incredible for a CBG especially compared to helicopters. Proof of how excellent this aircraft was is the fact the South Korea is ordering about a dozen reconditioned planes. A shame such a capability was retired from the US Navy
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There are literally dozens of beautiful and colorful schemes available for the the Viking if HM should choose to do them. Listed below are a few I wouldn't mind seeing. Note the dorsal electronics "hump" on the ES-3A "Shadow" in the last pic... I don't think it would be that big of a deal to make an injection molded plastic piece to add to the top of the standard mold to make an ES-3A if HM wanted to do some S-3 variants.

http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviatio.../5/2095512.jpg

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Default Re: Navy retires last S-3 Viking

love to see such a small aircraft with turbofans hanging on its wings like a commercial airliner....lol....i had it built as a plastic model decades ago.....its fantastic to see it made in diecast....ill be surely getting just one to be added to my collection
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