Grumman WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer






Last updated on: April 26, 2017

This page is just for the early AEW carrier-capable plane, a variant of the Trader and Tracker. And yes, not a "jet", I know, I know.

This is a work in progress and any help would be appreciated. Information on these planes is rather difficult to locate online and this work will remain incomplete unless you the readers offer to help me. Please feel free to pass along any information that you might have.

At the end of this page is a list of people who have graciously offered their help. Thank you all very much!


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 145957
*1969: VAW-111 as RR-700.
*11/1969: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*1/12/1970: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 145958
*1974: VAW-111 as RR-050.
*7/1974: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*11/25/1975: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 145959
*1967: RVAW-120 as GE-701.
*9/1967: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*1/31/1972: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 145960
*--info needed.--


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 145961
*1972: RVAW-120.
*5/3/1972: Struck off charge at NAS Norfolk, VA.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 146303
*1970: VAW-111 as RR-707.
*1/1970: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*5/25/1971: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147208
*1972: RVAW-120 as GE-704.
*7/1972: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*5/29/1978: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147209
*1967-68: VAW-111 as RR-727.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147210
*1964: VAW-11.
*9/4/1964: Damaged beyond repair in an accident.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147211
*1976-77: RVAW-110 as NM-011.
*7/1977: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*5/29/1978: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147212
*RVAW-110 as NP-010.
*2/8/1976: Struck off charge at NARF Jacksonville, FL.
*Currently preserved onboard the USS Intrepid Museum, NY.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147213
*1968: VAW-121 as AS-757.
*1969: VAW-121 as AU-70.
*1970-71: VAW-121.
*1972-73: VAW-121 as AU-770.
*7/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*6/29/1976: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147214
*1968-70: VAW-121.
*1971: VAW-121 as AT-664.
*1978: VAW-78 as AF-010.
*1/1978: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*5/29/1978: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147215
*1963: VAW-12.
*8/4/1963: Crashed into the sea after a bad launch off USS Enterprise. 2 crewmen were killed. Where? Or on 8/14/1963?


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147216
*1963: VAW-12.
*8/15/1963: Written off after a deck accident onboard USS Saratoga in the Mediterranean Sea, DBR when crash-landing F3B 143476 slid into it.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147217
*? as 6S-151.
*1969: VAW-121 as AU-75.
*VAW-78 as AF-011.
*1977: VAW-78.
*11/22/1977: Struck off charge at NAS Norfolk, VA.
*Currently preserved at the New England Air Museum, CT.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147218
*1966: VAW-12 as AB-xxx.
*12/14/1966: Crashed into the Gulf of Tonkin due to engine failure. 3 crewmen were killed.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147219
*1968: VAW-121 as GE-710.
*1969: VAW-121 as AU-71.
*1973: VAW-207 as AF-701.
*VAW-78 as AF-773.
*1976: VAW-207 as AF-773.
*2/1976: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*6/29/1976: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147220
*1962-63: VAW-11 as RR-753.
*1968-69: VAW-111 as NP-723.
*1969-70: VAW-11 as NP-010.
*1970: VAW-111 as NF-011.
*1973: VAW-111.
*11/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*Returned to service.
*1975: RVAW-110.
*7/10/1975: Damaged beyond repair in an accident.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147221
*VAW-111 as RR-720.
*? as NS-014.
*1967-68: VAW-111 as RR-701.
*1970: VAW-111 as NM-011.
*1973: VAW-111 as NM-014.
*7/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*6/29/1976: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147222
*1962: VAW-11 as RR-771.
*1970: VAW-121.
*1971: VAW-121 as AU-774.
*9/12/1972: Struck off charge at NARF Quonset Point, RI.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147223
*VAW-12 as AW-771.
*VAW-207 as AF-702.
*? as NM-603.
*1976-77: RVAW-110 as NM-012.
*6/1977: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*5/29/1978: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147224
*1962-63: VAW-11 as RR-773.
*1976: VAW-88 as ND-713.
*12/1976: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*8/16/1977: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147225
*1966: VAW-11 as RR-703.
*1968: VAW-11 as NM-721.
*Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*1/23/1976: Struck off charge.
*Currently preserved onboard the USS Yorktown Museum, SC.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147226
*? as GE-712.
*1967: VAW-12 as AC-712.
*1967: RVAW-120 as NM-013.
*9/1967: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*1/31/1972: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147227
*1968: VAW-111 as RR-763.
*1970: ? as NT-013.
*1974: VAW-307 as ND-011.
*7/1974: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*6/29/1976: Struck off charge.
*Currently preserved at the Pima Air and Space Museum, AZ.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147228
*1963: VAW-11 as RR-775.
*1965: VAW-11 as RR-xx.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147229
*1968: VAW-111 as RR-713.
*1973: RVAW-110 as TT-11.
*4/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*5/9/1975: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147230
*1964: VAW-12 as GE-715.
*1968: VAW-121 as GE-713.
*1968: VAW-121 as AS-703.
*1969-70: VAW-121.
*1976: VAW-78 as AW-012.
*8/1976: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*8/16/1977: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147231
*1968-71: VAW-121.
*1972: VAW-121 as AU-774.
*1973: VAW-121 as AE-714.
*9/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*5/29/1978: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147232
*1962: VAW-11 as RR-754.
*1963: VAW-11 as RR-766.
*1965-66: VAW-11 as RR-7xx.
*RVAW-110 as TT-12.
*1971: VAW-307 as ND-010.
*1972: VAW-307.
*7/13/1972: Written off.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147233
*1968: VAW-121 as GE-715.
*1969: VAW-121.
*? as AW-772.
*1977: VAW-78 as AF-013.
*1/1977: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*8/16/1977: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147234
*1969: VAW-111 as RR-011.
*1973: VAW-111 as NS-010.
*4/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*5/9/1975: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147235
*1969: VAW-111.
*2/18/1969: Crashed into Silver Peak on Santa Catalina Island, CA. 5 crewmen were killed.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147236
*1967: VAW-121 as AK-701.
*1968: VAW-121 as AS-717.
*1969-72: VAW-121.
*6/6/1972: Struck off charge at NARF Quonset Point, RI.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147237
*1968: VAW-121 as AS-705.
*1968: VAW-111 as RR-763.
*1969-71: VAW-121.
*1972: VAW-121 as AT-666.
*4/1972: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*11/25/1975: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147238
*1964: VAW-11 as NE-785.
*1966-67: VAW-11 as RR-761.
*1968: VAW-111 as RR-761. Or as RR-762?
*1977: VAW-78.
*2/8/1977: Struck off charge at NAS Norfolk, VA.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147239
*1970: VAW-111 as NP-012.
*1972: RVAW-110.
*1/17/1972: Struck off charge at NAS North Island, CA.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147240
*1968: VAW-111 as RR-761.
*VAW-111 as RR-768.
*6/12/1970: Damaged beyond repair in an accident.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 147241
*--info needed.--


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148123
*VAW-111 as NP-017.
*VAW-121 as AJ-012.
*1967: VAW-121 as GE-720.
*1969-70: VAW-121.
*6/28/1970: Written off? Repaired?
*10/23/1973: Struck off charge at NARF North Island, CA.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148124
*1962-63: VAW-11 as RR-752.
*1965-66: VAW-11 as RR-xxx.
*1967: VAW-111 as RR-730.
*1970: VAW-111 as NF-012.
*3/14/1974: Struck off charge at NARF Jacksonville, FL.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148125
*1960: VAW-13 as VR-786.
*1961-62: VAW-11 as RR-706.
*1962-63: VAW-11 as RR-745.
*1965-66: VAW-11 as RR-7xx.
*1970: VAW-111.
*7/25/1970: Damaged beyond repair in an accident.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148126
*1965-66: VAW-11 as RR-761.
*12/1/1972: Damaged beyond repair in an accident.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148127
*1968: VAW-111 as RR-765.
*1970: VAW-111 as NM-012.
*1972: VAW-111 as NM-011.
*1973: RVAW-110 as NM-013.
*8/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*11/25/1975: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148128
*1970: VAW-111 as NM-010.
*1972: VAW-111 as NP-017.
*1973: RVAW-110 as NM-014.
*10/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*11/25/1975: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148129
*1971: VAW-111.
*2/28/1971: Damaged beyond repair in an accident.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148130
*1962-63: VAW-11 as RR-750.
*1968: VAW-111 as RR-762.
*1971: VAW-111 as NE-016.
*1973: VAW-111 as NE-016.
*7/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*7/29/1974: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148131
*1965-66: VAW-11 as RR-782.
*1967: VAW-11 as RR-725.
*1970: VAW-111 as NF-010.
*1973: RVAW-110 as TT-12.
*4/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*8/16/1977: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148132
*1964-65: VAW-11 as RR-783.
*1965: VAW-11 as RR-797.
*1967: VAW-111.
*10/8/1967: Crashed into the side of Monkey Mountain, South Vietnam in bad weather. 5 crewmen were killed.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148133
*1962-63: VAW-11 as RR-747.
*1967-68: ? as RR-767.
*1969: VAW-111 as RR-013.
*1973: VAW-111 as NS-013.
*7/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*8/16/1977: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148134
*1968-69: VAW-121.
*1969-70: ? as RR-765.
*VAW-121 as AK-702.
*1973: RVAW-110 as TT-15.
*4/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*5/9/1975: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148135
*1961-63: VAW-11 as RR-748.
*1965: VAW-11 as RR-779.
*1969: VAW-111 as NM-013.
*1972: VAW-11 as NE-011.
*1972: VAW-111 as NM-012.
*1975: RVAW-110 as NM-012.
*1/1975: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*8/16/1977: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148136
*1968-71: VAW-121.
*1973: RVAW-120 as GE-700.
*8/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*8/16/1977: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148137
*1961: VAW-11 as RR-780.
*1962: VAW-12 as AB-772.
*1963: VAW-11 as RR-780.
*1964-65: VAW-11 as RR-4.
*1966: VAW-11 as RR-723.
*1969: VAW-111 as RR-012.
*1973: VAW-111 as NS-012.
*7/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*8/16/1977: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148138
*1961-63: VAW-11 as RR-778.
*1967: VAW-11 as RR-726.
*1973: RVAW-110 as TT-14.
*4/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*5/29/1978: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148139
*1966: VAW-121 as AW-725.
*1969-71: VAW-121.
*1972: VAW-121 as AT-661.
*7/1972: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*5/29/1978: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148140
*1963: VAW-11 as RR-783.
*VAW-88.
*1976: VAW-121 as AE-726.
*12/1976: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*8/16/1977: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148141
*1960: VAW-11 as AB-775.
*1962-63: VAW-12 as AJ-726.
*1966: VAW-121 as AW-726.
*1967: VAW-121 as AU-726.
*10/1967: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*1/31/1972: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148142
*1961-62: VAW-12 as AC-727.
*1965: VAW-12.
*3/25/1965: Damaged beyond repair in an accident.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148143
*1963: VAW-11 as RR-785.
*1964-65: VAW-11 as RR-5.
*11/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*1974: Returned to service.
*1974: RVAW-110.
*1974: VAW-111 as NP-014.
*11/1974: Put back into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*8/16/1977: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148144
*1963: VAW-11 as RR-786.
*1964-65: VAW-11 as RR-6.
*1970: VAW-111 as NP-011.
*1971: VAW-111 as NP-014.
*12/1971: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*8/16/1977: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148145
*1968-69: VAW-121.
*1970: VAW-121 as AT-663.
*1971-72: VAW-121.
*1973: RVAW-120 as GE-705.
*7/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*5/29/1978: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148146
*1963: VAW-11 as RR-787.
*1968-70: VAW-121.
*1971-72: VAW-121 as AE-711.
*? as AC-702.
*9/25/1975: Struck off charge at NARF Pensacola, FL.
*Currently preserved at the Naval Air Museum at NAS Pensacola, FL.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148900
*1961: VAW-11 as RR-788.
*1966: VAW-11 as RR-712.
*1977: VAW-78 as AF-012.
*12/1977: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*5/29/1978: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148901
*1966: VAW-121 as AW-729.
*1968-69: VAW-121.
*1971: VAW-121 as AU-771.
*1972: VAW-121.
*1973: RVAW-120 as GE-704.
*9/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*8/16/1977: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148902
*1967: VAW-121 as GE-730.
*1968-71: VAW-121.
*1977: VAW-78 as AF-013.
*12/1977: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*5/29/1978: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148903
*1963: VAW-11.
*9/2/1963: Written off.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148904
*1967: VAW-121 as GE-731.
*1968-70: VAW-121.
*1971-72: VAW-121 as AE-712.
*1976: VAW-121 as AE-712.
*1/1976: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*8/16/1977: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148905
*1968-70: VAW-121.
*1971: VAW-121 as AU-773.
*1972: VAW-121.
*5/16/1972: Struck off charge at NARF Quonset Point, RI.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148906
*1966: VAW-121 as AW-703.
*1968: VAW-121 as GE-707.
*1969: VAW-121 as AU-772.
*1970: VAW-121.
*1971: VAW-121 as AU-772.
*1972: VAW-121 as AT-662.
*4/1972: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*11/25/1975: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148907
*1972: RVAW-110 as TT-10.
*12/1972: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*11/25/1975: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148908
*1968-70: VAW-121.
*1971-72: VAW-121 as AU-775.
*10/1975: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*1976: Returned to service.
*1976-77: RVAW-110 as NM-010.
*1977: RVAW-110 as AT-773.
*6/1977: Put back into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*5/29/1978: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148909
*1963-64: VAW-11 as RR-765.
*1965: VAW-11 as RR-71.
*1971: VAW-121.
*11/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*1974: Returned to service.
*1976: RVAW-110 as NM-014.
*8/1976: Put back into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*8/16/1977: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148910
*1967: VAW-121 as GE-734.
*1968: RVAW-120 as GE-734.
*1/1968: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*1/31/1972: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148911
*1969: VAW-111 as NP-0xx.
*1973: VAW-111 as NS-015.
*7/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*5/29/1978: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148912
*1968-70: VAW-121.
*1972-73: RVAW-120 as GE-701.
*7/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*5/9/1975: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148913
*1968: VAW-121.
*1969: VAW-121 as AU-77.
*1970: VAW-121.
*1971-72: VAW-121 as AE-713.
*1976: VAW-121 as AE-713.
*1/1976: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*8/16/1977: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148914
*1971: VAW-111 as NM-012.
*1972: VAW-111 as NP-012.
*1972: VAW-111 as RR-xx.
*1973: VAW-111 as NE-017.
*7/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*7/29/1974: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148915
*1967: VAW-111 as RR-717.
*1968: VAW-111 as RR-013.
*1972: VAW-121 as AU-771.
*1974: VAW-121 as AU-771.
*5/1974: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*8/16/1977: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148916
*1967: RVAW-120 as GE-738.
*1973: RVAW-120 as GE-702.
*7/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*5/29/1978: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148917
*1972-73: VAW-121 as AU-773.
*7/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*6/29/1978: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148918
*1965: VAW-12.
*9/22/1965: Ran out of fuel and ditched into the Gulf of Tonkin.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148919
*1961: VAW-12 as AG-739.
*1964: VAW-12 as GE-706.
*1968: VAW-121 as AS-706.
*1969: VAW-121.
*1970: VAW-121 as AJ-010.
*1973: VAW-78 as AW-773.
*1977: VAW-121 as AE-714.
*4/1977: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*5/29/1978: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148920
*1966-68: VAW-111 as RR-760.
*1971: VAW-111 as 'NT-011.
*1972-73: VAW-111 as NS-011.
*7/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*8/16/1977: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148921
*1962: VAW-11 as RR-758.
*VAW-111 as NS-014.
*1973-74: VAW-111 as NP-015.
*1975: RVAW-110 as NL-015.
*1975: RVAW-110 as NP-601.
*10/1975: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*5/29/1978: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148922
*1973: RVAW-120 as GE-703.
*7/1973: Put into storage at the AMARC bone yard.
*5/29/1978: Struck off charge.
*Salvaged.
*Perhaps sold on the civilian market?


WF-2 (E-1B) Tracer b/n 148923
*1964: VAW-12 as GD-714.
*1968-69: VAW-121.
*1970: VAW-121 as AE-xxx.
*3/8/1977: Struck off charge at NARF Jacksonville, FL.

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For their assistance in various parts of this project, I would like to give thanks to the following individual people...

Bill Stein
Ron Picciani
eLaRef
Tjalling Boelman
Chuck Gable