S-3B 'Viking' US Navy VS-32 `AB` #706 159393/ USS John F. Kennedy. Lt (jg) M "Spanky" Meschke, Lt. Courtney "Brewski" Smith.
The Lockheed S-3 Viking is a four-seat, twin-engine turbofan-powered jet aircraft that was used by the U.S. Navy primarily for anti-submarine warfare. In the late 1990s, the S-3B's mission focus shifted to surface warfare and aerial refueling. The Viking also provided electronic warfare and surface surveillance capabilities to the carrier battle group. A carrier-based, subsonic, all-weather, multi-mission aircraft with long range; it carried automated weapon systems, and was capable of extended missions with in-flight refueling. Because of the characteristic sound of the Viking's engines, it was nicknamed the "Hoover" after the vacuum cleaner brand. The S-3 was retired from front-line US Navy fleet service aboard aircraft carriers in January 2009. -[Wikipedia]
Photo by Craig on Saturday, August 21, 1999 at the Fargo AirSho.