(Navy One: Photo cred US Navy)
Lockheed S-3 Viking
The Lockheed S-3 Viking is a four-seat, twin engine aircraft, that was used by the US Navy for anti submarine warfare and aerial refueling. The Viking also provided electronic warfare and surface surveillance. It’s a carrier based, subsonic, all-weather, multi-mission aircraft with long range; it carried automated weapon systems, and was capable of extended missions with mid air refueling ability. ecause of the Viking’s engines’ characteristic sound, it was nicknamed the “Hoover” after the vacuum cleaner brand.
The S-3 Viking is the only Navy aircraft to ever wear the callsign “Navy One” when in President Bush flew in the Co-pilot seat onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.
First production version, 187 built.
Upgraded avionics, AN/APS-137 inverse synthetic aperture radar Joint Tactical Information Distribution System AGM-84 Harpoon launch capability, first flight 13 September 1984, 119 converted from S-3As.
S-3A modified for carrier onboard delivery, capacity for six passengers or 4,680 lb (2,120 kg) of cargo, retired in 1998.
Conversion of six aircraft for overland surveillance and Elint missions. May have dropped ground sensors in the Bosnian War.
One aircraft was transformed into a state-of-the-art NASA research aircraft. The Navy’s Fleet Readiness Center – Southeast and a Boeing facility in Florida enhanced the plane by adding commercial satellite communications, global positioning navigation and weather radar systems. They installed research equipment racks in what was once the plane’s bomb bay. NASA’s S-3B Viking is equipped to conduct science and aeronautics missions, such as environmental monitoring, satellite communications testing and aviation safety research
- Crew: 4 (Pilot, Co-Pilot/COTAC, TACCO, Sensor Operator/TFO)
- Length: 53 ft 4 in (16.26 m)
- Unfolded: 68 ft 8 in (20.93 m)
- Folded: 29 ft 6 in (9.00 m)
- Height: 22 ft 9 in (6.93 m)
- Empty weight 26,581 lb (12,057 kg)
- Loaded weight: 38,192 lb (17,324 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 52,539 lb (23,831 kg)
- Internal fuel capacity: 1,933 US gal (13,145 lb)(7,320 L) of JP-5 fuel
- External fuel capacity: 2 × 300 US gal (4,080 lb)(1,136 L) tanks
- Powerplants 2 × General Electric TF34-GE-2 turbofans 9,275lbf each.
- Maximum speed
- 429 kn at sea level
- Mach 0.79, 450 kn at 20,000 ft
- Cruise speed: 350 kn
- Stall speed : 97 kn
- Range: 2,765 nm
- Combat Radius: 530 mi
- Ferry range: 3,368 nm
- Service ceiling: 40,900 ft
- Rate of climb: 5,120 ft/min