Aviation Photo #0938477 Lockheed S-3B Viking - USA - Navy

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Formerly with VS-41. Retired from active service on June 4, 2005 and turned over to the Kalamazoo Aviaton History Museum (The Air Zoo).
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    Lockheed S-3B Viking
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    Kalamazoo / Battle Creek - International (Municipal)
    August 15, 2005
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7 years ago
I flew this airplane in to Kalamazoo, MI, with CAPT Greg Labuda, USN, sitting in my right seat where we donated her to the Air Zoo. Soon, she will be renovated and cared for with much love, as they do with all airplanes at the "Zoo". This was a very special moment for both "Budda" and myself, as we both hail from Michigan, and I attended Western Michigan University. A lot of great people worked very hard, both in the USN and the Air Zoo, to make this donation possible - it was truly a great moment for all of us. The "Hoover" (as she was better known by those of us who flew her or kept her flying) was truly a great airplane: fast (relatively speaking), extremely maneuverable, fully aerobatic, and had great gas mileage (a real plus when flying off the ship). Largely unknown and unheralded, she was a jack of all trades - master of none kind of jet that outlasted both the A-7 and the F-14 in the Carrier Air Wing. One of her great accomplishments was bringing aboard then-President George Bush the USS Abraham Lincoln at the unofficial end of hostilities of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He sat in the front right seat and even got a little stick time on his way out to the boat.

Sadly, all Fleet S-3 squadrons have been decommissioned, with only a few still flying at VX-30 and NASA. She is an great airplane, greatly missed by all who flew her.

Derek "Fluff" Martin

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