The Lockheed S-3 Viking was designed to USN specifications that needed a replacement for the Grumman S-2 Tracker. It's role was submarine hunting and ship attack to be operated from the USN carriers. Development of the S-3 started in the sixties and design features for long range were a conventional wing and 2 turbofans for subsonic cruise. Inside the cabin operators for the systems were seated for the sionar and weapon systems. A MAD boom could be extended from the rear fuselage. The first Viking flew in January 1972 and the US Navy ordered it, with first deployment in 1974. Not many versions were developed, but it was a good aircraft. A "Carrier On Board" transport version was the US-3 and the S-3B got some new systems.
This aircraft was seen at the Pima Air Museum, Tucson (AZ). It has Bu.No 160604 and was first used by VS-31 o/b USS Eisenhower. Later it was transferred to VS-21 that was based at the Naval Air Field Atsugi, Japan, 2004. Coded "NF", it was used from the USS Kitty Hawk.
Photographed November 2013 by Cees Hendriks, (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
This S-3B Viking has Bu.No 159387 and was first delivered to the Navy as a S-3A in May 1974. The aircraft served the Navy for 29 years flying primarily with Pacific Fleet squadrons. It was upgraded to B standard. It is at the National Naval Aviation Museum, NAS Pensacola, USA.
Photographed November 2014 by Cees Hendriks, (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
This Lockheed S-3B Viking Bu.No 159766 has a scheme of US NAVY squadron VS-41. Seen at the USS Midway carrier museum at San Diego, Ca.
Photographed November 2015 by Cees Hendriks, (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
Plastic scale models of the S-3 Viking have appeared in various scales. In 1/72 there was the old Airfix model and than the better Hasegawa/Minicraft kit that was released with various decals and boxes over the years. In 1/48 ESCI/ERTL came early with a good S-3 kit.
This walk around page was first created February 2014 by M. de Vreeze