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Grumman Albatross. A photo. Characteristics.
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Grumman Albatross. A photo. Characteristics.

Grumman Albatross. A photo. Characteristics.

USA

A type: Twin-engine rescue, anti-submarine aircraft vysokoplan and general-purpose aircraft

Capacity: A crew of five or six people and up to 22 passengers

Accumulated extensive experience in the design and manufacture of amphibians due to the huge number of aircraft JRF Goose, she has built during the Second World War, the company "Grumman" decided to begin studying the issue of replacement of its early production to a whole new type of three times larger. The result was the aircraft G-46 «Albatros» (Albatross), who maintained contact with the previous amphibious company "Grumman" through the use of corporate cantilever high wing and cleaning the main landing gear wheels and in niches on either side of the fuselage.

And the Navy, and Air Force were so impressed with performance characteristics of the aircraft Albatross, that both are ordered into production their own modifications. Air Force took the designation SA-16A (later changed to HU-16), and the Navy stopped first at JR2F-1, and then UF-1 (which later was also changed). Production aircraft entered service in July 1949 years and modified SA-16B / UF-2 followed them into the 1955 year - and it was also modified a large number of aircraft modification A. "Albatross" was involved in the fighting in the Gulf of Tonkin during the early years of the Vietnam War. He continued to serve in the US military (including the Coast Guard) until 1970-ies. The plane was operated also "friendly" countries. Total number built "Albatross" was 418 copies.

At the end of 1970-ies the company Grumman and the US operating company "Rizots International» (Resorts International) altered from its military "workhorse" in the civilian airliner. The end result of this alteration was designated G-111. Although alterations were acquired 57 former military aircraft really was remade only 12 copies.

Basic data

Dimensions (to modify the UH-16B):

  • Length: 19,18 m
  • Wingspan: 29,46 m
  • Height: 7,87 m

The weight:

  • BLANK: 10 380 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 17 010 kg

Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 379 km / h
  • Range: 4587 km

Power point: Two star-engine R-1820-76A / -76B or R-1820-82 of "Wright"

Power: 2850 l. from. (2125 kW) and 3050 l. from. (2274 kW), respectively

Date of first flight:

  • October 24 1947 years

The surviving airworthymodifications: SA-16A / B, HU-16C / D / E, UF-1G / -2G, UF-1L / -1T, G-111

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