Manufacturer: Chance Vought

Model: unknown

Name: Kingfisher


Date: 1967

Status: Operational

Country: United States of America

Service: U.S. Navy

Designation: ES-5A Kingfisher II


the Vought ES-5A Kingfisher II was a multipurpose aircraft combining the Electronic Warfare and ASW missions.


The original, real-life Vought OS2U Kingfisher was an observation/scout floatplane series of the 1930s. It seemed logical, therefore, that this new type should be called the Kingfisher II...

The fuselage and tail are from the S-3A Viking. The engines are from an OV-1 Mohawk, and so are the glazed cockpit and front fuselage (which have been stretched horizontally). The radome is from a Grumman E-1 Tracer. The windows are from a Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey. Can't remember where I got the propeller and the rudder from...

Anyway, I had great pleasure doing this one. Hope you guys like it!

Viewers' comments:
  • Nice concept... (EricJ562)
  • It's certainly and interesting design, and well thought-out too, although I'd say that the positioning of the dorsal radome would demand extra vertical fins to retain stability. :p I don't understand the physics of why the extra vertical surfaces are needed, but apparently the radome creates complexities in the airflow. :p (CrimsonMagpie)
  • That Kingfisher II is nice! (comradeloganov)
  • interesting concept... I really liked your design,so,I did a drawing of your Kingfisher here's the link.. [link] I would like to know what you think of it. (Bakerdezign)

My comments: Splendid! Glad to have inspired you! Great to see it come alive!