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Designation: E-175

Grumman J4F-2

Grumman J4F-2 (E-175) Widgeon

A picture of the Grumman J4F-2 Widgeon

The Widgeon was designed as a smaller, less expensive counterpart to Grumman’s G-21 Goose amphibious airliner.  First flown in June 1940 the Widgeon entered production in 1941 with over 50 aircraft delivered to civil customers.  The U.S. Coast Guard purchased twenty-five J4F-1 Widgeons and the U.S. Navy bought 131 J4F-2s.  The Widgeons served primarily as coastal search and rescue aircraft and as utility transports in the United States.  Early in the war a few were equipped for anti-submarine patrols and, in fact a Widgeon scored the first U.S. Coast Guard kill of a German submarine in August 1942.

Wingspan 40 ft


Length 31 ft 1 in. (unmodified)


Height 11 ft 5 in.


Weight 4,525 lbs (loaded)


Max. Speed 153 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 14,600 ft

Maximum Altitude

Range 800 miles


Engines Two Ranger L-440-5 with 200 horsepower each


Crew 2 with 4 passengers



National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA), Langley Field, Virginia, 1948

Serial Number

J4F-2 “Petulant Porpoise”

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