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S-3B Viking

An S-3/96c "Viking" assigned to the "Blue Wolves" of VS-35, launches from catapult three during flight operations aboard APNS Admiral Miller (CVN-16) on August 30th, 2002.

The Long Beach AF S-3/74 (Allied Pact reporting name Viking) is a four-seat twin-engine jet aircraft that was used by the American People's Navy to identify and track enemy submarines. In the late 1990s, the S-3's mission focus shifted to surface warfare and aerial refueling. The S-3 also provided electronic warfare and surface surveillance capabilities to the carrier battle group. A carrier-based, subsonic, all-weather, multi-mission aircraft with long range, it carried automated weapon systems, and was capable of extended missions with in-flight refueling. Because of the engines’ low-pitched sound, it was nicknamed the "Hoover" after the vacuum cleaner brand.

UsersEdit

  • UAPR
    • American People's Navy
      • VS-21 “Fighting Redtails”
      • VS-22 “Checkmates”
      • VS-24 “Scouts”
      • VS-27 “Sea Wolves”
      • VS-28 “Hukkers”
      • VS-29 “Dragonfires”
      • VS-30 “Diamondcutters”
      • VS-31 “Topcats”
      • VS-32 “Maulers”
      • VS-33 “Screwbirds”
      • VS-35 “Blue Wolves”
      • VS-37 “Sawbucks”
      • VS-38 “Red Griffins”
      • VS-41 “Shamrocks”
  • Mexico

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