December 2017: Grumman AF Guardian – 29 photos

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More details about this aircraft can be found in the publication USN Aircraft 1922-1962 Volume 2 for the paperback version, but the e-books are available in this site.

 

Grumman AF – photo 01: Grumman AF-2W BuNo 124191of Anti-Submarine Squadron Twenty-Four (VS-24) in flight. Accepted in October 1950, it was stricken in December 1956.

Grumman AF – photo 02: A Grumman AF-2S and a AF-2W in flight. The aircraft are from Anti-Submarine Squadron Thirty-Seven (VS-37).

Grumman AF – photo 03: A Grumman AF-2S and a AF-2W of Anti-Submarine Squadron Thirty Seven (VS-37) in flight over the San Diego area.

Grumman AF – photo 04: Two Gfumman AF-2S Guardians and two AF-2Ws of Anti-Submarine Squadron Twenty-Four (VS-24) fly in formation over Norfolk, VA.

Grumman AF – photo 05: Grumman AF-2S BuNo 123108 of Anti-Submarine Squadron Nine Hundred Thirty-One (VS-931), later VS-20, with damage, shown on the deck of USS Sicily (CVE-118). Accepted in July 1950, it was stricken in December 1956.

Grumman AF – photo 06: A Grumman  AF-2S of Anti-Submarine Squadron Thirty Seven (VS-37) on the deck of USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116).

Grumman AF – photo 07: Grumman AF-2S BuNo 124784 of Anti-Submarine Squadron Thirty-One (VS-31). Accepted in July 1951, it was stricken in December 1956.

Grumman AF – photo 08: Grumman AF-2S BuNo 126821 of Anti-Submarine Squadron Thirty-One (VS-31). It was accepted in July 1952 and stricken in May 1957.

Grumman AF – photo 09: Grumman AF-2S BuNo 126770 of Anti-Submarine Squadron Thirty-Six (VS-36). It was accepted in February 1952 and stricken in October 1954 after an accident.

Grumman AF – photo 10: Grumman AF-2S BuNo 126809 of Anti-Submarine Squadron Twenty-Four (VS-24) on the ground at Detroit-Wayne Airport. Accepted in Februray 1952 it was to be stricken in December 1956.

Grumman AF – photo 11: Grumman AF-2S BuNo 126793 of Anti-Submarine Squadron Twenty-One (VS-21) in flames on the deck of a carrier. Despite evidence, the aircraft was repaired and was stricken in December 1956. The USN accepted this AF in April 1954.

Grumman AF – photo 12: Grumman AF-2W BuNo 123091 during a pre-delivery fligth to the Navy. It was the second AF-2W buit and was accepted by the USN in January 1950. It was stricken in December 1956 with the bulk of the fleet.

Grumman AF – photo 13: Grumman AF-2W BuNo 124803 of Anti Submarine Squadron Nine Hundred Thirty-One (VS-931), which later became VS-20, on the deck of CVL-29 (USS Bataan). It was accepted in May 1951 and stricken in September 1954.

Grumman AF – photo 14: Grumman AF-2W BuNo 129284 of Anti-Submarine Squadron Eight Hundred Thirty-One (VS-831), later VS-36, on the ground. This airframe served the Navy between September 1952 and December 1956.

Grumman AF – photo 15: Grumman AF-2W BuNo 124791 of Anti-Submarine Squadron Twenty-Seven (VS-27) on the ground at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville. It was in service between March 1951 and June 1957.

Grumman AF – photo 16: Grumman AF-2W BuNo 126833 of Anti-Submarine Squadron Twenty-Two (VS-22). It was accepted in April 1952 and stricken after in accident in March 1955.

Grumman AF – photo 17: Grumman AF-2W BuNo 124195 of Oakland Naval Reserve on the the ground at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oakland. It was accepted in October 1950 and was stricken in December 1956.

Grumman AF – photo 18: Grumman AF-2W BuNo 129276 on the ground at Pax River, MD. It was in service with the Navy between August 1952 and December 1956.

Grumman AF – photo 19: A Grumman AF-2W of Anti-Submarine Squadron Thirty-Seven (VS-37).

Grumman AF – photo 20: The second Grumman AF-2S, BuNo 123090, seen during a test flight before delivery to the Navy in January 1950. Its career would be short being stricken from the inventory in April 1954 after having flown 153 hours only.

Grumman AF – photo 21: A Grumman AF-2S being ready to be launched from an aircraft-career.

Grumman AF – photo 50: The first Grumman AF-3S, BuNo 129243, during a test flight. Accepted in December 1952, it was stricken in May 1957, having flown 1229 hours for the Navy.

Grumman AF – photo 51: Grumman AF-3S BuNo 130367 of Anti-Submarine Squadron Twenty-Seven (VS-27). It was accepted in March 1953 and was stricken in December 1956.

Grumman AF – photo 52: Grumman AF-3S BuNo 130385 of Anti-Submarine Squadron Twenty (VS-10) on the ground at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oakland, CA. It was in service between April 1953 and March 1957.

Grumman AF – photo 53: A Grumman AF-3S of Anti-Submarine Squadron Twenty-Two (VS-22) in flight.

Grumman AF – photo 54:  A Grumman AF-3S of Naval Air Reserve Training Unit ( NARTU) New Yorkon the ground at Naval Air Station (NAS) Norfolk VA.

Grumman AF – photo 55: Grumman AF-3S BuNo 129348 was accepted in January 1953 and it is seen while seving Naval Air Reserve Training Unit (NARTU) New York at the end of its career. It was stricken in April 1957.

Grumman AF – photo 56: Grumman AF-3S BuNo 130366 of Naval Reserve Squadron at Los Alamitos. Accepted in March 1953 and stricken in December 1956.

Grumman AF – photo 57: Opposite view of Grumman AF-3S BuNo 130366 (see above photo 56).

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