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US Navy Lockheed S-3B Viking Anti-Submarine Aircraft - "Santa Tracker," VS-35 "Boomerangers", USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) (1:72 Scale)
US Navy Lockheed S-3B Viking Anti-Submarine Aircraft - "Santa Tracker," VS-35 "Boomerangers", USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)

Hobby Master US Navy Lockheed S-3B Viking Anti-Submarine Aircraft - "Santa Tracker," VS-35 "Boomerangers", USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)




 
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Hobby Master HA4904 US Navy Lockheed S-3B Viking Anti-Submarine Aircraft - "Santa Tracker," VS-35 "Boomerangers", USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) (1:72 Scale)

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."
- Editorial that appeared in the New York Sun, September 1897

The Navy began what became the S-3 Viking program in 1964 to replace the piston-powered S-2 Tracker. Known originally as VSX - for "carrier-based antisubmarine warfare aircraft-X" - a formal request for proposal was issued in April 1968. A joint General Dynamics-Grumman team and the then-Lockheed Aircraft Corp. were chosen from among the competitors to refine their proposals.

Although Lockheed had four decades of land-based antisubmarine warfare experience dating back to the World War II-era Hudson, the company had only built one carrier-based aircraft to that point, the T2V-1 SeaStar trainer. To build a strong Navy-oriented team, Lockheed first brought on LTV Aerospace, formerly Vought, with its long history in carrier aviation, as a partner. Then the Federal Systems Division of Sperry Rand was added to develop the aircraft's computerized acoustic detection system, a first for an airborne antisubmarine warfare platform.

The Lockheed team was declared the winner of the VSX competition on 4 August 1969. One of several speakers at the 2009 retirement ceremony was current Lockheed Martin F-35 Executive Vice President Tom Burbage, who flew the Viking as a Navy test pilot and later ran the S-3 program for the company. He noted that "the S-3 was a unique program. We went from first contract to first contact over a submarine in just three years."

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a US Navy Lockheed S-3B Viking Anti-Submarine Aircraft that was known as a "Santa Tracker," that was attached to VS-35 "Boomerangers", then embarked upon the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 9-inches
Length: 11-1/2-inches

Release Date: January 2017

Historical Account: "NORAD Tracks Santa" - NORAD Tracks Santa is an annual Christmas-themed entertainment program, which has existed since 1955, produced under the auspices of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Every year on Christmas Eve, "NORAD Tracks Santa" purports to track Santa Claus as he leaves the North Pole and delivers presents to children around the world. The program is in the tradition of the September 1897 editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" in the New York Sun.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Interchangeable landing gear
  • Full weapons loadout
  • Plexiglass canopy
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with display stand

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