Viking History redux
And here's old 199766 back in her glory days with VS-41.
In his e-mail to me, Tuna says of the S-3:
In general, it was a very fun aircraft to fly because of it's aerobatic capability, flying with all your friends, lots of room for gear on cross-country flights, lots of gas, great cockpit visibility, a variety of missions, and it was easy to fly. This particular bird was exciting because of the new mission, the ability to count Iranian boats pierside from the middle of the gulf, the advanced electronic mission that can't be discussed outside a SCIF, and getting to take part in the war outside of just tanking returning strikers.
Well that's damned cool, because I never would have pictured the S-3 as beoing aerobatic, but hey--it's not like I've flown one; I just saw this one and a bunch more all shrink-wrapped at the boneyard.
And hey, Old AF Sarge...Tuna's responses here count as participation enough to give me cause to list him as a co-blogger. Don't know what you're doing over there to drive the help away, but I can always use more help here.