The Tracker - 816 Squadron by Peter Doré

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An S2G Grumman Tracker from a previous incarnation of VS816 Squadron taxis at Nowra, on the New South Wales South Coast in Australia. This model Tracker aircraft were purchased from the USA in 1977 and used from the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne. To be at sea on a carrier, working hard and travelling the world was a great thrill.
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  • Cole Stockman
    Cole Stockmanover 4 years ago

    Great shot! I haven’t seen a tracker in years! When did you take the shot?

  • Hi Cole, This was taken in October at the HMAS Melbourne reunion at Nowra. The Tracker taxied around to show off. It should receive civilian registration and fly again early next year.

    – Peter Doré

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 4 years ago

    Now that’s going back some! The Royal Canadian Navy (when there was a Royal Canadian Navy!) used to use them on the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure, which was retired in 1973. They were built under licence by de Havilland Canada and there are apparently still some in service in the civilian sector as water bombers. Good picture, Peter!

  • Unfortunately the Australian Labor Government decided to not reuse ours and most of them sit totally disused and wasted in a shed. The couple left in the museum are lovingly cared for and fly very well. I had a few years with them on the carrier Melbourne. We did learn to love our Trackers!

    – Peter Doré

  • bygeorge
    bygeorgealmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your top ten challenge placing

  • Wow… Thanks very much.

    – Peter Doré

  • Woodie
    Woodieover 3 years ago

    Great shot of a rare plane.
    Cheers Neil

  • Cheers, Neil!

    – Peter Doré

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroalmost 2 years ago

    9th June

  • Thanks Maria!

    – Peter Doré

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 2 years ago

    Nicely taken shot Peter. – Ted

    Good one for the Warbirds Group.

  • Thanks. I’ll do that! Cheers!

    – Peter Doré

  • Colin  Williams Photography
    Colin William...almost 2 years ago

    Brilliant Work !

  • Thanks Colin!!

    – Peter Doré

  • John Schneider
    John Schneider20 days ago

    Great capture!!!

  • Thanks John. Many is the time I loaded this one as a young sailor at sea…. I miss those days! :)

    – Peter Doré

  • mike  jordan.
    mike jordan.11 days ago

    Excellent capture of a beautiful aircraft

  • Thanks Mike! I agree wrt the beauty of the Tracker!

    – Peter Doré

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