Grumman AF-2S 'Guardian'


  Base model:AF
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1946-1962
  Basic role:Attack
  Modified Mission:Anti-submarine
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  Length: 43' 5" 13.2 m
  Height:13' 2" 4.0 m
  Wingspan: 60' 18.2 m
  Wingarea: 549.0 sq ft 51.0 sq m
  Empty Weight: 14,658 lb 6,647 kg
  Gross Weight: 20,298 lb 9,205 kg
  Max Weight: 22,565 lb 10,233 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-48W
  Horsepower (each): 2300

  Range: 915 miles 1,473 km
  Cruise Speed: 166 mph 267 km/h 144 kt
  Max Speed: 275 mph 442 km/h 238 kt
  Climb: 2,300 ft/min 701 m/min
  Ceiling: 22,900 ft 6,979 m

Known serial numbers
123088, 123090, 123092, 123094, 123096, 123098, 123100, 123102 , 123104 , 123106 , 123108 , 123110 , 123112 , 123114 , 123116 , 124188 , 124190 , 124192 , 124194 , 124196 , 124198 , 124200 , 124202 , 124204 , 124206 , 124208 , 124210 , 124778 , 124780 , 124782 , 124784 , 124786 , 124788 , 124790 , 124792 , 124794 , 124796 , 124798 , 124800 , 124802 , 124804 , 124806 , 124808 , 124810 , 124812 , 124814 , 124816 , 124818 , 124820 , 124822 , 124824 , 124826 , 124828 , 124830 , 124832 , 124834 , 124836 , 124838 , 124840 , 124842 , 124844 , 124846 , 124848 , 126720 / 126737 , 126756 / 126821 , 129196 / 129242

Examples of this type may be found at
National Museum of Naval AviationNAS PensacolaFlorida
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona

AF-2S on display

National Museum of Naval Aviation

Pima Air & Space Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Brian Baldridge
 , CA
The Chico Air Museum in Northern California has a Grumman Guardian that the excellent volunteer staff is restoring to static display.
03/12/2014 @ 04:19 [ref: 68416]
 James peacock al3
 Dunedin, FL
I was iniatially in vs 912 squantum ma, enlisted naval reserve 1948 I was transferred to vs 913 and went on active duty 1951 we moved to quonset point and I was stationed there 1951 thru 1953 I was designated CAC in 1952, and had several hundred hrs in TBMs and S2fs I operated aps 31, and trained other aircrewmen our squadron made several cruises on CVEs, and we were on the Salerno Bay CVE110 on the cruise to Guantanimo bay when they lost their helicopter. After discharge I went on to get a private
pilot license.
10/13/2013 @ 07:17 [ref: 68101]
 Jack Voorvaart
 Simsbury, CT
I was an AE-2 and a plank owner in VS-27 out of NAS Norfolk. Because there were not enough ATs to fill the seats of Radar operators I was able to get to flying status even though AEs were not considered as aircrew. I flew in the second seat behind the pilot in the AF-2s, and loved every minute of it. I would like to build an RC model of the 2S but have not been able to find either plans or kits. As a side note one of our pilots LT James Bond Stockdale went on to become a fighter pilot and CAG commander (call sign 007). He was a prisoner in Vietnam for 7-1/2 years four of which were spent in solitary confinement. He lead the resistance and was awarded the medal of Honor and retired as a Vice Admiral. Anyone from VS-27 please contact me.
05/08/2013 @ 03:38 [ref: 67800]
 john beirne
 elmhurst, NY
I was a member of VS-30..1962-65 in the S2 time at NAS Key WEst. I am looking for information/history of the squadron VC-801> VS-801> VS-30 in the 1950's. The squadron was disestablished and I would like to have a history of those that served in it.Thank yOU
06/14/2011 @ 11:07 [ref: 39565]
 Bob Hayes
After finishing my aviation ordnance training in Jacksonville, FL,I was assigned to the VS-30 antisubmarine squadron based in Norfolk, VA from early 1953 until the AF's were retired when the new twin engine S2-F's came into the squadron. During that time I flew as a crew member from two cruises on the USS Mindoro and the Syboney escort carriers. During that time I accumulated over 100 hours of flight time in the aircraft. Although we had some scary moments when we has one of the aircraft go over the side and hang up by the wheel and the cross deck pendant, the only casualty in our squadron was the aircraft that crashed in NC during a night rocket training run. I have sent along a picture of one of our planes deck launching from the Mindoro CVE 120.
05/23/2011 @ 20:35 [ref: 38233]
 chris clark
 mesa, AZ
Hey Ryan, Do you have any more pics of your Guardian. Specifically the bomb bay doors and operating linkages.
05/25/2008 @ 11:18 [ref: 21002]
 Tim Johnson
 Downey, CA
My Dad was in VS-25 as a radar op. I have a few pictures of the crew members as well as in formation flight images. If anyone has pictures from VS-25, I would be willing to share what I have with you, if you do the same.

Does anyone know if there is an air worthy AF-2S currently flying?

04/08/2008 @ 19:19 [ref: 20393]
 Scott Davis
 Al Anbar Iraq, OTH
My Dad was with the 931 that activated out of Willow grove PA. I think they became VS 20 in Korea. He was a crewman on the Avenger flying off the Sicily, Randova and the "Bing Ding" during the Korean War. I have his patch, its a turtle looking into a parascope...pretty cool.
I am currently working in Iraq as a DOD Security Contractor. My Dad (Robert L Davis) is loosing his battle with Lukemia in AZ. I was home for emergency leave a couple days ago to tell him good bye. Just though you all would like to hear about one of Yours...My Dad is a great guy, an honorable Man a the best Dad a guy could hope for, I'll miss him.
Scott Davis
Al Anbar Iraq
3 Jan 08
01/03/2008 @ 15:49 [ref: 19140]
 ron schultz
 northfield, IL
was an ae2 in vs-22, norfolk,va (lp2) in the early fifties. was also a crewman on the af-2s,operating the aps 31 radar and the bomb sight in either seat. I note that we went from af's to s2f's a twin engine plane. I ditched in the atlantic in '53 when the pilot blew a jug off the engine, our only one. spent an hour in the atlantic and was picked up by the submarine Tigrone.
11/12/2007 @ 11:46 [ref: 18512]
 Earl Call
 Austin, TX
I was an AT serving with VS-39 (then VS-913) at Quonset Point from about 1951 to 1953. We flew TBMs then transitioned to the AFs. We flew radar (APS-31 in the AF-2S, APS-20 in the AF-2W) during the day when at sea, fixed them at night, and slept when and if we could. I especially remember flying over Boston at night with the after hatch open, watching the glorious display of light below. We served on every jeep in the Atlantic fleet at least once, plus one CVL (Middie cruise to England in '52) and the CV Bon Homme Richard. The AF was a good sturdy plane, a bit more comfortable than the TBM (if sitting on a 'chute for hours can ever be comfortable), but it was a heavy mother.
10/21/2007 @ 16:20 [ref: 18265]


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