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[2003.345.001] Aircraft - 'S-3B Viking'
Navy 1 Acceptance
S-3B Viking
Accession Number 2003.345.001
Accession Date 01/12/2003
Date Created 1974
Object Desciption Accepted by the Navy in May 1974, the museum's S-3B Viking (delivered as an S-3A before a weapon systems improvement program resulted in redesignation as an S-3B) served for twenty-nine years, flying primarily with Pacific Fleet squadrons. During its final tour with Sea Control Squadron (VS) 35, the aircraft logged combat missions over Iraq from the deck of the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during her epic ten-month deployment, the longest ever for a nuclear carrier. On 1 May 2003, the aircraft made history when President George W. Bush was a passenger during a carrier arrested landing on board the flattop. In so doing he became the first sitting chief executive to trap on board an aircraft carrier. As is customary, during the time President Bush was aboard the aircraft, it was known as "Navy 1."

Following the aircraft's return to Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, California, the office of Commander, Sea Control Wing, Pacific and museum officials began a dialogue to obtain the aircraft, which was slated for retirement, for the museum collection. It was flight delivered to NAS Pensacola on 15 July 2003, with Captain James P. Kelly, Commander, Sea Control Wing, Pacific, at the controls. It is currently on outdoor display and retains the specialized marking applied for President Bush's flight.
Notes The last carrier-based aircraft designed for the antisubmarine mission, the Lockheed S-3 Viking was introduced into fleet service on 20 February 1974. Whereas its predecessors had all been propeller-driven aircraft, two General Electric TF34-GE-200 turbofan engines powered the new aircraft. The Viking boasted the latest in radar, sonar, and magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) gear as well as torpedoes and sonobuoys. A total of 187 S-3As were delivered to the fleet. In addition to service in antisubmarine squadrons, the aircraft was modified to fill a variety of other roles, including use in aerial refueling and as a carrier on-board delivery (COD) platform.

Beginning in 1987, 132 of the original batch of S-3As received equipment upgrades and modified weapons systems. With the end of the Cold War, these S-3B versions of the Viking shifted their focus away from antisubmarine warfare to use as surveillance and precision-targeting platforms armed with an array of modern weapons, including Harpoon and Maverick missiles and the AGM 84 Standoff Land Attack Missile Extended Range (SLAM-ER) missile. In addition, with the retirement of the KA-6D Intruder it assumed the role as the carrier's primary overhead/mission tanker.

Phased withdrawal of the S-3B Viking from service began in 2003, with completion of the process expected in 2009.

Manufacturer: Lockheed-Martin Aeronautics
Length: 53 ft., 4 in.
Height: 22 ft., 9 in.
Wingspan: 68 ft., 8 in.
Empty Weight: 26,650 pounds
Gross Weight: 52,539 pounds
Power Plant: Two 9,275 lb. static thrust General Electric TF-34-GE-400B turbofans
Max Speed: 518 mph at 25,000 ft.
Range: 2,645 miles
Armament: Up to 3,958 pounds of AGM-84 Harpoon, AGM-65 Maverick and AGM-84 SLAM and SLAM(ER) missiles, torpedoes, rockets and bombs.
Crew: Pilot, COTAC (naval flight officer), Acoustic Sensor Operator (AW), Non-Acoustic Sensor Operator (AW)
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