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The Lone Nasa S-3B Viking At BUR!

Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:25 am

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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RE: The Lone Nasa S-3B Viking At BUR!

Thu Jul 29, 2010 1:29 pm

I guess it just want to return home, to see when it was born! Lots of us retired type do the same thing.
 
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RE: The Lone Nasa S-3B Viking At BUR!

Thu Jul 29, 2010 3:12 pm

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).
 
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RE: The Lone Nasa S-3B Viking At BUR!

Thu Jul 29, 2010 4:05 pm

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

BuN: 160607 Lockheed s/n 1187. Last S-3A off the production line.
 
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RE: The Lone Nasa S-3B Viking At BUR!

Thu Jul 29, 2010 4:05 pm

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  
 
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RE: The Lone Nasa S-3B Viking At BUR!

Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:37 pm

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?
 
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RE: The Lone Nasa S-3B Viking At BUR!

Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:36 pm

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.
 
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RE: The Lone Nasa S-3B Viking At BUR!

Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:43 am

474218, thanks for the info in Reply 3. I added that to the description on the YouTube vid.
 
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RE: The Lone Nasa S-3B Viking At BUR!

Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:32 pm

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  
 
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RE: The Lone Nasa S-3B Viking At BUR!

Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:47 pm

Nice picture 109wa, that is a sweet looking S-3! Thanks for sharing.
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RE: The Lone Nasa S-3B Viking At BUR!

Sat Aug 07, 2010 10:00 pm

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?
 
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Sun Aug 08, 2010 1:47 am

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.

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RE: The Lone Nasa S-3B Viking At BUR!

Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:21 am

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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