Surviving Grumman S2F Tracker Information Repository
By David D Jackson

Focusing on Existing Grumman S2F / S-2 Tracker, TF-1 / C-1A Trader and WF-2 / E-1B Tracer Airframes

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My Marsh Aviation Tracker Photos


Eleven of the fourteen Trackers located at Marsh Aviation.  Looking North.

On May 13, 2009 I was able to visit the Marsh Aviation facility at Falcon Field in Mesa, AZ.  Ed Allen and others at Marsh were most gracious in letting me take photos and answering my questions about the Trackers they have in their storage yard.  Hopefully at some point in time the aircraft pictured below will have the opportunity to fly again as Marsh Turbo Trackers, just as the 23 that they have already made for Cal Fire.  To my knowledge this is the only website that fully documents all of the aircraft currently at Marsh Aviation.

Below is a grid that shows the location of each of the aircraft in the Marsh Aviation Storage Lot.

North

      147531:  N147MA (This is not a valid FAA registration number for this aircraft) #26
  136736:  N736MA  CDF #154   136729:  N729MA  No Number
  136746:  N746MA  CDF #155   136723:  N327MA  #32
  136613:  N613MA  CDF #180   136665:  N665MA  #13
136737:  N773MA  #40 151667:  N667MA  #24   136724:  N724MA  No Number
136743:  N743MA  #44 136666:  N5830H  #14   136668:  N5830D  No Number
    136740:  N740MA  #43  

Aircraft are listed in order by Navy Bureau Number.

136613:  N613MA  CDF Tanker 180  N428DF was previously painted on the aircraft.  This is a prototype Turbo Tracker.


136665:  N665MA  #13  This is located third from the south end of the east row.


The big white container in the foreground is a retardant tank.  The cutaway is where the entrance door is on the starboard side of the aircraft.


136666:  N5830H  #14  This is the southern most Tracker in the middle row of five aircraft.


136668:  N5830D  No nose Number  This S2F the most southerly aircraft on the east row.


136723:  N327MA  #32 This is located fourth from the south end of the east row.


136724:  N724MA  No Number  This is located second from the south end of the east row.


136729:  N729MA  No Number  This is located second from the north end of the east row.  By process of elimination based on information given to my by the fine people at Marsh Aviation I have determined that this is 136729, even though it has been completely stripped of paint and markings.


136736:  N736MA  CDF #154  This is located at the north end of the middle row.


136737:  N773MA  #40  This is the northern most aircraft in the west row of two.  You are looking south in the photo below.


136740:  N740MA  #43   This Tracker is located just inside the main gate to the west.  It is on the south side of the compound.  The wall behind the S2F was just completed before my arrival in May.  You are looking east in the photo below.
 


136743:  N743MA  #44   This is the southern most aircraft of two that make up the west row.  You are looking north in the photo below.  The left engine is missing.


136746:  N746MA  #155  This is another Marsh Turbo Tracker prototype.  This located 2nd from the north in the middle row.  Both engines are missing.


147531:  N147MA (This is not a valid FAA registration number for this aircraft) #26


151667:  N667MA  #24  This is located number two from the south in the middle row.  The number "1S756" is the former MASDC/AMARC identification number.  This is located on both side of the vertical stabilizer.  Along with no engines the rudder is also missing from this aircraft.


136613:  N613MA  CDF Tanker 180  N428DF was previously painted on the aircraft.  This is the prototype Turbo Tracker.


Other photos of the Marsh Yard:


These are the two in the west row.


Stocking up on outer wing sections from Australia.


Old Wright 1820 Engines.


The middle row of five Trackers looking north.


Old sonobouy launcher tubes.


These are fire extinguisher canisters.  There is one installed for each engine.


Extra Flaps.


Wheels.  These are becoming hard to obtain and may be worth their weight in gold.


Mad Booms sitting in front of one of the two HU-16s on the site.


The east row of six Trackers.


Old radomes.


This radome has the radar unit still inside.


Canned Engines.

 

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