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.

Length

61 ft 3 in.

Height

25 ft 10 in.

Weight

35,700 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

236 MPH

Maximum Altitude

21,500 ft

Range

2,850 miles

Engines

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

Crew

4-6, up to 10 stretchers

Manufacturer
Grumman

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

Serial Number
51-0022

Designation
HU-16A

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