GRUMMAN AF GUARDIAN

GUARDIAN SERVICE

Manufacturer: The Grumman Aircraft Engr. Corp., Bethpage, Long Is., New York, USA
Models: G-70, G-82, G-90
Designations: AF; TB3F
Name: Guardian
First official flight: (XTB3F-1) 23/12/1946
Factory production period: 1946 - 1953
Primary service period: 1950 - 1955
Last official flight: (AF-3S) 06/1957

GUARDIAN VARIANTS

1946 Model G-70 XTB3F-1 3 Total: 003
         
1949 Model G-82 AF-2S 194  
1949 Model G-82 AF-2W 153 Total: 347
         
1952 Model G-82 AF-3S 40 Total: 040

Grand Total: 390

GUARDIAN PRODUCTION

XTB3F-1
Prototype single-engined, 2-seater
torpedo-bomber for the US Navy.
Ordered as the XTB3F-1 but
delivered as the following:
Produced 1946, 1948 - 1949

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)
XTB3F-1
1946, fitted with aux. turbo-jet.

BuNo.90504 ? 1  

XTB3F-1S
1948, ASW "Hunter" 4-seater prototype,
belly radome, engine upgrade.

BuNo.90506 ? 1  

XTB3F-2S
1949, ASW "Killer" 3-seater prototype,
engine upgrade.

BuNo.90505 ? 1 Total: 003

AF-2S
As XTB3F-2S, ASW "Killer" version
with radar pod and searchlight.
Original designation was AF-1S.
Produced 1949 - 1952

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.123088 / 123116
- Even numbers only.
?    
BuNo.124188 / 124210
- Even numbers only.
?    
BuNo.124778 / 124848
- Even numbers only.
?    
BuNo.126720 / 126737 ?    
BuNo.126756 / 126821 ?    
BuNo.129196 / 129242 ? 194 Total: 194

AF-2W
As XTB3F-1S, ASW "Hunter" version
with large ventral search radome.
Original designation was AF-1W.
Produced 1949 - 1953

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.123089 / 123117
- Odd numbers only.
?    
BuNo.124187 / 124209
- Odd numbers only.
?    
BuNo.124779 / 124849
- Odd numbers only.
?    
BuNo.126738 / 126755 ?    
BuNo.126822 / 126835 ?    
BuNo.129258 / 129299 ?    
BuNo.130389 / 130404
- 16 later redesignated as AF-3W.
? 153 Total: 153

AF-3S
As AF-2S, ASW "Hunter / Killer"
version, armament upgrade,
MAD boom.
Produced 1952 - 1953

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.129243 / 129257 ?    
BuNo.130364 / 130388 ? 40 Total: 040

Model G-90 - Proposed combined AF-2S / -2W version, cancelled.

Grand Total: 390

CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - Several conversions to fire-bombers by Aero Union Corp., California.

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