Designation: HU-16A

Grumman HU-16A

Grumman HU-16A Albatross

A picture of the Grumman HU-16A Albatross

The SA-16A Albatross was designed for the U.S. Navy in 1944 as a replacement for the Grumman JRF Goose.  Initial testing in 1947 led not only to Navy orders, but to orders from the U.S. Air Force and Coast Guard as well.  All three services primarily used the aircraft for search-and-rescue duties as well as general maritime patrol.  In the early 1960s they were redesignated as HU-16s as a part of the joint Air Force-Navy aircraft designation system.  The Albatross served until well into the 1970s.  Some can still be found flying in private hands.

Wingspan 80 ft 2 in.

Wingspan

Length 61 ft 3 in.

Length

Height 25 ft 10 in.

Height

Weight 35,700 lbs (loaded)

Weight

Max. Speed 236 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 21,500 ft

Maximum Altitude

Range 2,850 miles

Range

Engines Two Wright R-1820-76A radials with 1,425 horsepower each

Engines

Crew 4-6, up to 10 stretchers

Crew


Manufacturer
Grumman

Markings
31st Air Rescue Squadron, Clark AB, Philippines ca. 1957

Serial Number
51-0022

Designation
HU-16A

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