Grumman HU-16A Albatross

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Grumman
Markings
31st Air Rescue Squadron, Clark AB, Philippines ca. 1957
Designation
HU-16A
Serial Number
51-0022

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 also to orders from the U.S. Air Force and Coast Guard as well. All 3 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.

Specifications
Wingspan 96 ft 8 in
Length 61 ft 3 in
Height 25 ft 10 in
Weight 35,700 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 236 mph
Service Ceiling 21,500 ft
Range 2,850 miles
Engines 2 Wright R-1820-76A, 1,425 hp each
Crew 4-6, up to 10 stretchers