Friday, July 1, 2011
The Viking progress continues. The airplane is flyable and passed the sea trials. Still quite a bit to do. I'm calling it an S-3B, but it might turn out to be an S-3A. Markings are for VS-32, and will be the older two-tone, high-visibility scheme.
The engine spool-up time is very long, so you have to plan ahead in the landing pattern. Final approach to carrier at about 110 knots looks good for a gross weight of 30,000 pounds.