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Eddie M.

S-3/ US-3

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ES-3A, can`t remember where i shot this, or what squadron .

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That would be VQ-6 Black Ravens - Can't help on the where though :coolio:

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That was shot at the London Ontario International Air Show. I'll have to dig out the slide for the date.

That makes sense, your reminder jarred my old memory. That was one of the London shows. Thanks!!

Don

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So who is going to step up and build the "new" NASA S-3?

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(sorry ahead of time, I think the images are going to be huge. NASA does such great hi-res stuff, but it makes them enormous)

You know, it's funny this thread got bumped up to the top today. This came across our company newswire around lunch. I can't link to it there and I can't find it from an outside source, so here's a cut and paste:

[Westshore, Jan. 30, 2008]

By Kevin Kelley

Despite a growing emphasis on space exploration at NASA, aeronautic programs continue at the Glenn Research Center.

Last week, the center showed off its S-3 Viking aircraft, a revamped U.S. Navy plane that Glenn will use to conduct icing research.

The plane spent two years undergoing modifications in Florida at a Boeing facility and a Navy facility.

The aircraft, which has a range of 1,850 nautical miles, will allow NASA to conduct icing research at higher altitudes than the previous plane used for such assignments, NASA officials said.

“Today’s dedication of the S-3 as a flight research aircraft helps to expand Glenn’s testing and evaluation capabilities in support of NASA’s mission in aeronautics, exploration and science,†Rickey Shyne, director of facilities and testing at Glenn, said during a ceremony Jan. 23 inside the Glenn hangar.

Glenn acquired two S-3 aircraft at no cost from the Navy, which is decommissioning the plane. The only cost to NASA was $1.5 million for modifying the one aircraft. The second plane may be modified for research purposes in the future.

A new aircraft would have cost NASA in excess of $40 million, said Glenn Director Woodrow Whitlow Jr.

“This represents a significant addition to the center, to the nation’s research capabilities, at significant savings to the taxpayer,†Whitlow said.

High-tech research equipment and a state-of-the-art color weather radar were among the hardware NASA installed in the aircraft, Whitlow added.

The S-3 better allows researchers to simulate the performance of regional jets, which have been increasingly used in commercial flight, Whitlow said.

The first test flights are scheduled to take place later this year in Puerto Rico to investigate icing conditions that exist in the tropical convective layer of the atmosphere.

“Icing occurs in all climate conditions, because once you get to altitude, it does get cold,†Whitlow explained. Testing flights and other missions will be flown out of Cleveland, however.

The research program’s goal is to learn more about the threat of engine power loss due to icing, Whitlow said. Glenn’s icing tunnel testing facilities will then be used to further study the phenomenon and how to mitigate the threat.

Tom Ratvasky, an icing research engineer who resides in Fairview Park, said it is thought that ice crystals can form inside the core of the engine and lower the temperatures of engine components to below freezing. As pieces of ice shift during different flight phases, the engine can then flame out, he said.

In most cases, this is only temporary, he said. The engine usually re-lights.

“It’s just a momentary hiccup,†he said. “But engine blades can be damaged as well. So folks such as Boeing, GE, Pratt & Whitney, they’re all very interested in this problem and having us help them solve that problem.â€

Jim Demers, one of three pilots working at Glenn’s Flight Operations Division who will be flying the S-3, has experience flying the aircraft from his 11 years in the Navy. He and other pilots flew the S-3 on submarine hunting missions.

The S-3, which was designed by the Navy to fly with only one engine, is well-equipped to carry the power-hungry sensors needed for icing research, said Demers, a Rocky River resident.

“By today’s standard, (the S-3) engine is very inefficient,†Demers said of its two GE-built turbo fan engines capable of 9,275 pounds of thrust. “By today’s standard, that engine is very, very hardy.â€

Flying icing research missions may not be as exciting as hunting submarines, but Demers said he’s excited to be part of this project.

“I grew up with this plane,†said Demers, who has been a pilot at Glenn for six years. “I‘ve been with this plane since I was 22 years old — 16 years now. It was neat for me to come to NASA, help bring the S-3 here, get it modified, get it working toward research.â€

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I like that!! :woo: I've got a couple of the AMT kits in the stash. I've got plans for one. I may just have to give that one a shot!! :angry:

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WOW!! Great pics of the NASA Viking. I hope you don't mind, I saved them for future reference and made them a tad easier to see. Great pics, thanks for posting them. There are a couple of threads here on ARC about the NASA Hoover. Don M.

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WOW!! Great pics of the NASA Viking. I hope you don't mind, I saved them for future reference and made them a tad easier to see. Great pics, thanks for posting them. There are a couple of threads here on ARC about the NASA Hoover. Don M.

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Viper - don't mind a bit that you resized them. I should have, but was being really lazy (I couldn't remember my Photobucket password). NASA always takes a lot of great photos (some of the images of their stuff out at Dryden are incredible) and it's great that they always put them up in high resolution, but it obviously can cause some issues.

Thanks for the assist.

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THIS PAGE HAS BEEN DORMANT SINCE NOVEMBER?

WOW!

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S-3B 160147 VS-32 25 January 2008

Woot! I have a shoot with that jet at the end of the month! Woot Woot It goes into phase in March

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hmmm.....

I think I know what I may attempt to do with one of the Hasegawa S-3's in the stash......

Now, how to make the radome?

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hmmm.....

I think I know what I may attempt to do with one of the Hasegawa S-3's in the stash......

Now, how to make the radome?

Bike seat.

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Bike seat.
Would seem a little big for a 1/72 Hasegawa S-3, or maybe not? :P

Might work better on a 1/48 S-3 kit.

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you could always try to tweak a S2F Tracer Radome

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I look forward to seeing the S-3 as a fire bomber, and I think the Navy is way off base by grounding this bird. I've had a few rides in the S-3 going out the carrier and leaving . Is the two being used by NASA able to work off a carrier, I see the launch bar and rail hook still in place. Boy UPS sure could use a plane like this for areas too small for the big jets. There is many uses for this bird. "Boats"..

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I would love to have a set of these markings in 1/48 and 1/72. I know that Meteor had a set, but there was no way I would pay $30.00 for a one plane sheet.

Dave Fassett

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I knew that there was a good reason for me to keep that 1/48 IT S-3 kit in the stockpile......

Regards,

Gerard

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Some good old hi-vis S-3's from 1987 and 1991. Scanned from prints.

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Harry

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A few more hi-vis S-3's from 1982 and 1987.

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Harry

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A fellow modeller has asked for some Desert Storm VS-22 imagery.

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Thanks for the great pics, David. I was looking at the file names and noticed that I have different BuNos for atleast 2 birds, and according to DoD site (where I got one hi-res pic of 160152), you got them wrong ..

The middle one, "702", 160132, should be 160152 and the "704" 159745 should be 160149. Please, can you check your files or original bigger pics and correct me if I am wrong ? I would like to have my pages 99,999999 % correct ;)

Thanks in advance

Jakub, that crazy Gulf war freak ...

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