Grumman E-1B Tracer: Resting Places (XXIX).

The “Stoof with a Roof” was an astonishing-looking airborne early warning carrier-based aircraft derived from the ASW Tracker via COD Trader. Originally just a stopgap, these lovely humpbacks served for around 20 years (1958-77).

The unmistakable Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s AMARG Boneyard in Tuscon, Arizona. This still image belongs to that utterly late-80s/early-90s movie: “Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man” (1991). Man, those out of this world radomes.

7 thoughts on “Grumman E-1B Tracer: Resting Places (XXIX).

  1. Great aircraft photo; terrible movie. I like to call Mickey Rourke “mumbles”. I wonder,
    was there any lift generated by that radome?

  2. I don’t remember seeing any Grumman E-1Bs when I visited the Davis-Monthan AMARG a few years ago; they must have all gone to make pots and pans by then. Lots of F-16s there though. The adjacent Pima Air & Space Museum is a much more interesting place to spend your time IMHO.

    • Yep, the Boneyard is more of a sensitive experience (to see such huge quantities of aircraft together); for variety and context Pima is the place to go. Both are in my long wish list.

  3. I was lucky enough to be there in the mid 60s, when there were still WWII planes and of course, the magnificent B-38s! The last time I was there, only one WWII plane was left, a hulk of a C-47, to much was gone to tell exactly which variant. On the other hand, the row of CH-37 Majave’s were as cool as you can get. Some guy was restoring one at Tucson International. Never did find out if he got it flying. Those twin P&T R2800s drink a lot of fuel, and oil by the gallon. We were told on our PV2 Harpoon, that five gallons an hour per engine, of oil was acceptable!

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