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The Lone Nasa S-3B Viking At BUR!  
User currently offlineB737-112 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 886 posts, RR: 6
Posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5029 times:

I never expected one to return home to the airport that it was built. It came in as NASA601 and I shot a little video in case anyone here was interested. I have no idea why it's here but it sure is great to see.

Enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4NGeJ7u5XM

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User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4918 times:

I guess it just want to return home, to see when it was born! Lots of us retired type do the same thing.

User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12148 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4872 times:

I believe NASA-601 (N601NA) is the last flying example of the type. Does anyone know what the BuNum is? I believe this is still a USN aircraft on loan to NASA, like most other military type aircraft are (loaned from the USAF or USN).

User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4836 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 2):
Does anyone know what the BuNum is?

BuN: 160607 Lockheed s/n 1187. Last S-3A off the production line.


User currently offlinen901wa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4836 times:

Hi KC135TopBoom. Some good news there's 4 Hovers flying. The US NAVY still flys 3 S-3B's out of Point Mugu. They use them as range aircraft. They are assigned to VX-30 and should fly for 5 more years with them  

User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12148 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4708 times:

Quoting n901wa (Reply 4):
Hi KC135TopBoom. Some good news there's 4 Hovers flying. The US NAVY still flys 3 S-3B's out of Point Mugu. They use them as range aircraft. They are assigned to VX-30 and should fly for 5 more years with them

That's good to know, I always liked the Viking. I refueled a few of them.

Quoting 474218 (Reply 3):
BuN: 160607 Lockheed s/n 1187. Last S-3A off the production line.

Thanks, do you know when she was converted to the S-3B?


User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4657 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 5):
Thanks, do you know when she was converted to the S-3B?

No but I will check with some S-3 friends.


User currently offlineB737-112 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 886 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4594 times:

474218, thanks for the info in Reply 3. I added that to the description on the YouTube vid.

User currently offlinen901wa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4199 times:

Here's a Photo of the USN VX-30 S-3B still in service. I took it today at NAS Point Mugu. Hope you enjoy the Pic  


User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2109 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4193 times:

Nice picture 109wa, that is a sweet looking S-3! Thanks for sharing.


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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12148 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4186 times:

What has happened to the USN S-3B "Navy-1" that President Bush used to land on the Lincoln back in 2004? Is she going to be saved from the scrapper?

User currently offlineDiamondFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1547 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4150 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 10):
What has happened to the USN S-3B "Navy-1" that President Bush used to land on the Lincoln back in 2004? Is she going to be saved from the scrapper?

As far as I know (and what's on Wikipedia), its at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola. I guess someday I need to make a trip over there and see everything.

-DiamondFlyer


User currently offlinen901wa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4121 times:

The last time I saw Navy 1 ( almost 1 year ago), it was out side at the National Naval Museum in Pensacola, and fading, At least it was being saved   I wished they would have kept it inside, with the orignal paint preserved. I got to photograph a good walkaround when it first arrived. It was clean   Also at the the show today was a KC-135R from March, It was hard to photograph, but it was looking Great for her age  

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