C-1 Trader, S-2 Tracker, E-1 Tracer|
Grumman met with its G-89 design for an anti-submarine warfare aircraft the Navy's requirements to hunt enemy submarines and the first prototype made its maiden flight on 4 December 1952, with the first production aircraft entering service in February 1954. Some 755 S-2 were built in different versions for hte US Navy and other nations.
In 1955 a Tracker derivative was proposed by Grumman (G-96), called C-1A Trader. It was equipped for Carrier Onboard Delivery and had seats for nine passengers. 83 C-1A plus four EC-1As (electronic countermeasures version) were built.
The E-1 Tracker was developed in 1954 to serve the Navy as an airborne early warning platform. First designated WF-1 (later WF-2) it was redesignated E-1B in 1962. The early "WF" designation gave the Tracker the nickname Willy Fudd. The first E-1B took off on 1 March 1957. Actually the first E-1B was the Grumman G-117, a modified C-1A. Some 88 E-1Bs entered service with the US Navy.
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