Viking completed for US carrier display

The USS Yorktown Foundation has completed restoration of Lockheed S-3B Viking 159731

The Operation Desert Storm veteran is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation and is now a featured exhibit aboard the Yorktown. The aircraft has been returned to the colours it wore in the early 1980s with the US Navy’s VS-30 ‘Diamond Cutters’.

The work is part of Operation Restoration, a bid to refurbish all 12 aircraft on the historic carrier’s flight deck. Foundation director Meaghan Silsby said: “Now more than ever, it’s important to continue to inspire visitors and we’re always looking for support for this ongoing project. Because our aircraft sit in the sea air, they are more susceptible to damage and need ongoing maintenance.”

Viking 159731 on display aboard USS ‘Yorktown’
Viking 159731 on display aboard USS ‘Yorktown’ US Navy