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Tracker N12-153598 
Greenham Common Air Show 
26th June 1977 
Photo George Woods

Grumman Tracker Image Gallery

Aircraft.Serial Aircraft Type Delivered Const No. RAN Code Aircraft History
USN Bu.133160 S-2A ? 131 n/a Ex-USN Bu 133160.
Delivered in 1966 prior to operational aircraft for instruction, was purchased purely as a training aid/instructional airframe.
Full details at RAN Grumman Tracker Instructional Airframes in Australia
Currently on display at the Queensland Air Museum.
 

Highlight for Album: Tracker Bu.133160

USN Bu.151646 S-2E ? 179C n/a Ex-USN Bu 151646.
Never flew with RAN, was purchased purely as a training aid/instructional airframe.
Was dropped into Sydney Harbour whilst being unloaded
Full details at RAN Grumman Tracker Instructional Airframes in Australia

The forward fuselage of Bu.151646 is at the FAA Museum, Nowra marked as 853.
 

Highlight for Album: Tracker Bu.151646

N12-152333 S-2G 05/04/77 220C 844 Ex-USN Bu 152333
Withdrawn from service 12/08/84.
Flew with RAN Historic Flight carrying civil registration VH-NVX
A change of policy has seen the RAN Historical Flight cease flying operations

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-152333 (844)

N12-152334 S-2G 05/04/77 221C 845 Ex-USN Bu 152334
Was marked as NH/713 prior to service with RAN.
Withdrawn 12/08/84,
Hulk at HMAS Albatross.
Sold to private owner for $200 to prevent scrapping
Located on private property near HMAS Albatross Nowra.

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-152334 (845)

N12-152800 S-2G 05/04/77 269C 846 Ex-USN Bu 152800
Was marked as NH/107 prior to service with RAN.
Withdrawn 12/08/84.
Sold to Hookway Aviation and flown to West Sale Vic. 09/92.
Offered for sale by Grays On-line Auctions 10/2013
Sold to United Aeronautical Corporation, USA
Noted in outside storage
at West Sale since at least 02/2016

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-152800 (846)

N12-152805 S-2G 05/04/77 274C 847 Ex-USN Bu 152805
Withdrawn 12/08/84.
Sold to Hookway Aviation and flown to West Sale Vic.
Offered for sale by Grays On-line Auctions 10/2013
Sold to United Aeronautical Corporation, USA
Appears to be stored inside at
West Sale

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-152805 (847)

N12-152807 S-2G 05/04/77 276C 848 Ex-USN Bu 152807
Withdrawn 12/08/84.
Retained at HMAS Albatross until scrapped in 1995.

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-152807 (848)

N12-152809 S-2G 05/04/77 278C 849 Ex-USN Bu 152809
Withdrawn 12/08/84.
Sold to Hookway Aviation and flown to West Sale Vic. 02/03/92.
Offered for sale by Grays On-line Auctions 10/2013
Sold to United Aeronautical Corporation, USA
Noted in outside storage
at West Sale since at least 02/2016

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-152809 (849)

N12-152811 S-2G 05/04/77 280C 850 Ex-USN Bu 152811
Withdrawn 12/08/84.
Sold to Hookway Aviation and flown to West Sale Vic. 24/10/91.
Offered for sale by Grays On-line Auctions 10/2013
Sold to United Aeronautical Corporation, USA
Noted in outside storage
 at West Sale since at least 08/2015

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-152811 (850)

N12-152812 S-2G 05/04/77 281C 851 Ex-USN Bu 152812
Was marked as NH/707 prior to service with RAN.
Withdrawn 12/08/84.
Sold 02/02/90 to Qantas as training aid.
Sold 2006 to Historical Aircraft Restoration Society.
Arrived at HARS 06/11/2006.
Reported will be rebuilt to flying condition.

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-152812 (851)

N12-152816 S-2G 05/04/77 285C 852 Ex-USN Bu 152816
Was marked as NH/702 prior to service with RAN.
Withdrawn 12/08/84.
Sold to Hookway Aviation and flown to West Sale Vic. 11/91.
Wears US registration N16FV although it never left Australia.
Offered for sale by Grays On-line Auctions 10/2013
Sold to United Aeronautical Corporation, USA
Noted in outside storage
at West Sale since at least 02/2016
06/2016 dismantled for export to USA
09/2016 noted in United Aeronautical Corporation's yard adjacent to Davis Monthan AFB Arizona

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-152816 (852)

N12-152837 S-2G 05/04/77 306C 853 Ex-USN Bu 152837
Was marked as NH/016 with prior to service with RAN.
Withdrawn 12/08/84.
Sold to Hookway Aviation and flown to West Sale Vic. 15/04/94.
Offered for sale by Grays On-line Auctions 10/2013
Sold to United Aeronautical Corporation, USA
Noted in outside storage
at West Sale since at least 08/2015
 

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-152837 (853)
The fuselage marked as 853 at FAA Museum, Nowra is really Bu.151646.

N12-153566 S-2G 05/04/77 322C 854 Ex-USN Bu 153566
Withdrawn 12/08/84.
Sold to Hookway Aviation and flown to West Sale Vic.
Displayed outside Gippsland Armed Forces Museum
Offered for sale by Grays On-line Auctions 10/2013
Sold to United Aeronautical Corporation, USA
02/2016 still on display
at West Sale outside museum
06/2016 dismantled for export to USA
09/2016 noted in United Aeronautical Corporation's yard adjacent to Davis Monthan AFB Arizona

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-153566 (854)

N12-153567 S-2G 05/04/77 323C 855 Ex-USN Bu 153567
Withdrawn 12/08/84.
Sold to Hookway Aviation.
Sold to Melbourne/Kangan TAFE 02/94.
Acquired by Vietnam Veteran's Museum Phillip Island, Vic 11/2013
Currently on outside display at front of museum

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-153567 (855)

N12-153576 S-2G 05/04/77 332C 856 Ex-USN Bu 153576
Withdrawn 12/08/84.
Sold to Hookway Aviation and flown to West Sale Vic. 05/01/93.
Offered for sale by Grays On-line Auctions 10/2013
Sold to United Aeronautical Corporation, USA
Noted in outside storage
at West Sale since at least 02/2016

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-153576 (856)

N12-153578 S-2G 05/04/77 334C 857 Ex-USN Bu 153578
Withdrawn 12/08/84.
Sold to Hookway Aviation and flown to West Sale Vic.
Offered for sale by Grays On-line Auctions 10/2013
Sold to United Aeronautical Corporation, USA
Noted in outside storage at West Sale since at least 08/2015

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-153578 (857)

N12-153580 S-2G 05/04/77 336C 858
114
Ex-USN Bu 153580
Retained USN side code 114
Never flown by RAN, retained as hulk until scrapped in 1995.

Highlight for Album: Tracker 153580

N12-153582 S-2G 05/04/77 338C 859 Ex-USN Bu 153582
Withdrawn 12/08/84.
On display FAA Museum, Nowra NSW.

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-153582 (859)

N12-153595 S-2E 27/07/67 339C 840 Officially handed over 27/07/67 in the USA prior to delivery on HMAS Melbourne 22/11/67.
Written off after Nowra  hanger fire  04/12/76.

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-153595 (840)

N12-153596 S-2E 22/11/67 340C 841 Delivered aboard HMAS Melbourne 22/11/67
Written off after Nowra  hanger fire  04/12/76

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-153596 (841)

N12-153597 S-2E 22/11/67 341C 842 Delivered aboard HMAS Melbourne 22/11/67
Undamaged by the hanger fire which wrote off 9 S-2E's and damaged 3 more.
It was away at the time of the fire.
On board HMAS Melbourne, 'Spithead Deployment' 28/04/77 to 04/10/77 with VC816.
Exercise 'Highwood' 5-20/07/77, North Sea.
Withdrawn 12/08/84.
Sold to private owner for $200 to prevent scrapping
Located on private property near HMAS Albatross Nowra.

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-153597 (842)

N12-153598 S-2E 22/11/67 342C 843,
841
Delivered aboard HMAS Melbourne 22/11/67
Damaged by Nowra hanger fire 04/12/76.
Repaired and put back into service.
Originally coded 843 but when S-2G's arrived it was given a new code of 841.
On board HMAS Melbourne, 'Spithead Deployment' 28/04/77 to 04/10/77 with VC816.
Greenham Common Air Tattoo, Berkshire UK 25-26/06/77 static display.
Exercise 'Highwood' 5-20/07/77, North Sea.
Withdrawn 12/08/84.
Sold to Hookway Aviation and flown to West Sale Vic. 12/91.
Offered for sale by Grays On-line Auctions 10/2013
Sold to United Aeronautical Corporation, USA
Noted in outside storage
at West Sale since at least 08/2015
06/2016 dismantled for export to USA
09/2016 noted in United Aeronautical Corporation's yard adjacent to Davis Monthan AFB Arizona

Tracker N12-153598 
Greenham Common Air Show 
26th June 1977 
Photo George Woods

N12-153599 S-2E 22/11/67 343C 844 Delivered aboard HMAS Melbourne 22/11/67
Written off after Nowra  hanger fire  04/12/76.

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-153599 (844)

N12-153600 S-2E 22/11/67 344C 845 Delivered aboard HMAS Melbourne 22/11/67
Damaged in hanger fire 04/12/76 but not repaired,
Used as training air frame and later displayed outside FAA Museum .
In storage FAA Museum, Nowra NSW.

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-153600 (845)

N12-153601 S-2E 22/11/67 345C 846 Delivered aboard HMAS Melbourne 22/11/67
Written off after Nowra  hanger fire  04/12/76.

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-153601 (846)

N12-153602 S-2E 22/11/67 346C 847 Delivered aboard HMAS Melbourne 22/11/67
Written off after Nowra  hanger fire  04/12/76.

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-153602 (847)

N12-153603 S-2E 22/11/67 347C 848 Delivered aboard HMAS Melbourne 22/11/67
Written off after Nowra  hanger fire  04/12/76.

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-153603 (848)

N12-153604 S-2E 22/11/67 348C 849,
840
Delivered aboard HMAS Melbourne 22/11/67
Damaged by Nowra hanger fire 04/12/76.
Repaired and put back into service.
When S-2G's arrived it was given a new code of 840.
On board HMAS Melbourne, 'Spithead Deployment' 28/04/77 to 04/10/77 with VC816.
Exercise "Highwood" 5-20/07/77 North Sea
Nose wheel collapse 29/08/77 during this cruise, slight damage to props and nose wheel area.
Transported from HMAS Melbourne to Nowra by Chinook.
Withdrawn 12/08/84.
Sold to Hookway Aviation and taken to West Sale Vic. 29/11/91.
Offered for sale by Grays On-line Auctions 10/2013
Sold to United Aeronautical Corporation, USA
Noted in outside storage
at West Sale since at least 02/2016
06/2016 dismantled for export to USA
09/2016 noted in United Aeronautical Corporation's yard adjacent to Davis Monthan AFB Arizona

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-153604 (849/840)

N12-153605 S-2E 22/11/67 349C 850 Delivered aboard HMAS Melbourne 22/11/67
Written off after Nowra  hanger fire  04/12/76.

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-153605 (850)

N12-153606 S-2E 22/11/67 350C 851 Delivered aboard HMAS Melbourne 22/11/67
Written off and disposed of after Nowra hanger fire 04/12/76.

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-153606 (851)

N12-153607 S-2E 22/11/67 351C 852 Delivered aboard HMAS Melbourne 22/11/67
Written off and disposed of after Nowra hanger fire 04/12/76.

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-153607 (852)

N12-153608 S-2E 22/11/67 352C 853 Delivered aboard HMAS Melbourne 22/11/67
Served with 816 Sqn RAN.
Ditched 10/02/75 after night flying when doing a Bolter (missed wire and going around again) from HMAS Melbourne.
The 4 crew were all rescued unhurt.
Neither crew or maintenance were to blame, it was eventually proved that it was a scientific cause. DSTO report into accident (see page 81)
This was the only RAN Tracker lost during flying operations
 

Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-153608 (853)


Forward fuselage section marked as 853 at FAA Museum, Nowra is really Bu.151646.

     

     

 

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Source: Australian Aviation Magazine, Flightpath Magazine, CASA Aircraft Database.

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