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Grumman AF-2 Guardian. Photo. Characteristics.
Grumman AF-2 Guardian. Photo. Characteristics.

Grumman AF-2 Guardian. Photo. Characteristics.


A type: Single-engine piston deck ASW search and attack aircraft

Crew: three people

As a result of at least two previous attempts of "Grumman" create replace aging aircraft TVF / TBM «Evendzher" aircraft AF-2 was "non-reactive" an offshoot of an aircraft with a combined power plant XTB3F-1 (designation of the manufacturer G-70). Built specifically to counter the growing threat from the Soviet submarine fleet, the aircraft AF-2 went into production two separate modifications, which united to fight submarines.

The aircraft AF-2W (was built 153 instance) was a search member of the team - "bloodhound", its crew of four searches for submarines using mounted under the fuselage of the aircraft radar APS-20 and other special sensors, and at a meeting with the submarine caused the plane - «killer» AF-2S. Samolet- "murderer" and then determine the exact target coordinates with underwing radar APS-31, searchlight AVQ-2 and sonobuoys to destroy submarines with bombs, torpedoes and depth charges - they could all be accommodated in the recessed compartment weapons (in which on the modification of AF-2W installed equipment radar APS-20).

The company "Grumman" has built an initial series of industrial 193 aircraft AF-2S, we began receiving the first copies of the Navy during the Korean War in October 1950 years. Subsequent batch of 40 equipped aeromagnetic detectors modifications S completed a series of production in 1953 year. Soon, these aircraft were replaced by a single fleet of anti-submarine platform - Aircraft S-2 «Tracker» (Tracker), in 1955, the aircraft, "the Guardian» (Guardian - Guardian) have been transferred to the reserve fleet. After the final decommissioning of a small number of aircraft AF-2S found employment in the US as firefighters

Basic data


  • Length: 13,2 m
  • Wingspan: 18,49 m
  • Height: 4,93 m

The weight:

  • BLANK: 6613 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 11 567 kg

Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 510 km / h
  • Range: 2415 km

Power point: R-2800-48W «Double Wasp" Company "Pratt & Whitney"

Power: 2400 l. from. (1789 kW)

Date of first flight:

  • 19 декабря 1946 года

The surviving airworthy modifications: AF-2S


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