Max Q wrote:Big fan of the S3 myself, always thought it was a cool aircraft and found the navy’s decision to retire them quite bizarre
whpbur wrote:If anybody has any leads (airport, date, time) I would like to watch it land for the final time in San Diego! It’s my favorite airplane of all time.
Here’s to the Lockheed S-3 Viking !!!
SeJoWa wrote:Count me in as a big aficionado of the S-3 Viking. Back when flight decks and airports hosted a far greater variety of flying machines, the purposeful, modern (!) design and evident flexibility of the Viking struck a chord. Its wings' thickness is impressive, especially when seen from a fully frontal view - no wonder it had such an impressive range. Of course, range, versatility, and cost-effectiveness are just not in demand anymore.
par13del wrote:Unless the design is patented why not build a new one with updated metals, avionics and a new engine?
Still a tube with wings and with more nations getting into submarines, the helo's will struggle with transit times, time on station and despatch reliability.
I accept that the Military Industrial Complex would prefer to reap billions with new design etc etc etc, but new builds using an existing design is possible. Imagine how much money could be made if a company decided to make old warbirds with modern engines.....
cjg225 wrote:SeamanBeaumont wrote:
First of all, best screen name I've seen here ever. Well done. My favorite book and favorite movie.
Second of all, why the hell did you have to post that? You have just added a ton to my reading "to-do" list.
Seriously, that looks amazing. That could basically be a book it's so long with all 4 parts. I have so much to catch up on in reading, and now this. lol
Thanks for the share.
whpbur wrote:San Diego news story:
https://fox5sandiego.com/news/local-new ... from-nasa/
bunumuring wrote:Hey guys,
My one and only spotting of a Viking is also one of my all-time favourite spottings of any plane...
It was in Sydney, around 1988 (the Bicentennary), Ansett terminal...
My planespotter mate and I were standing there like usual taking photos of all the usual Aussie domestic stuff when we heard an engine noise very different to the usual CFMs around that time... as I craned my neck a Viking taxied past right next to the end of the terminal heading towards what we called the' VIP area' behind the Qantas/Australian domestic terminal. We both missed the shots altogether as it happened so fast and I had a 300mm lens on my camera at the time making photos near-impossible with the Viking taxying so close to the terminal.
My planespotter mate and I were gobsmacked. Vikings were to us incredibly rare, exotic aircraft NEVER seen around our part of Australia. We had no idea why a Viking had flown into Sydney (as opposed to Richmond RAAF base) and where it had gone. We had both failed to see it land (presumably on the 'cross runway' of SYD) with our attention on the main runway...
Approximately 30 minutes later however, we heard the same weird engine noise, grabbed our 'short' lens and managed to get a couple of photos of the Viking as it taxied past in the opposite direction, again at high speed, and flew off the main runway over Botany Bay, as we scrambled to change lens again to try and get 'take off' photos (without much success)!!!
It wasn't until I had the prints developed the next day (remember, this was pre-digital) that we realised that on the left hand side of the Viking, behind the cockpit windows, was an RAAF-style kangaroo minus the circle ....
To this day I have no idea what it was all about. I have never heard of any other Vikings flying in/out of SYD. No idea why the kangaroo was painted on it nor why it was on the ground for such a short period of time. My mate and I presumed that a US carrier must have been sailing along the NSW coast somewhere 'discretely' at the time ... And before anyone suggests, this took place well AFTER the Bicentennial celebrations and the incredible Bicentennial Air Show at Richmond, where there were numerous US military jets on display.
I'd be thrilled if anyone here on a.net knew about this or what it could possibly have been about.
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