Grumman G-44 Widgeon. Photo. Characteristics.
A type: multipurpose two-engine amphibian - flying boat-vysokoplan
Capacity: a crew of two and three passengers
The plane "Widgeon» (Widgeon - wigeon) developed by "Grumman" as a reduction in modification of its successful civil amphibious "Goose." No less 40 aircraft fell into private hands by the time when the company has concentrated its efforts on the production of military amphibious, which the US Air Force awarded the designation OA-14, and the US Navy and Coast Guard - JF4. The last of these organizations enjoyed the first success of the year in August 1942 when the plane JF4-1 212 Squadron Coast Guard sank the submarine U-166 near the Mississippi Delta.
In the early 1942 Grumman, the company received its largest production order (on a plane 131) modification JF4-2, the last instance is set to the Navy in February 26 1945 years. The Royal Navy also received 15 aircraft JF4-2 lend-lease these planes served as connected mainly in the West Indies. In 1944 the company "Grunmman" again to modify designs, providing the aircraft G-44A, which is characterized by an enlarged keel to the bottom of the boat to improve the hydrodynamic characteristics. This version remained in production until January 1949 years. By this time the aircraft was built 76, 41 another aircraft was built under license in France in 1948-1949 years.
More 70 these aircraft were converted by McKinnon Enterprises of Oregon in the plane "Super Widgeon" through the installation of more powerful engines, the company "Lycoming" and improve both the body and the interior of the cabin. At present, most of the surviving aircraft flying "Widgeon" (less 20 copies) in different moments of his long life received "treatment McKinnon" (t. E. Were converted by McKinnon in the plane "Super Widgeon").
- Length: 9,47 m
- Wingspan: 12,19 m
- Height: 3,48 m
- BLANK: 1447 kg
- Maximum take-off: 2041 kg
Aircraft performance characteristics:
- Maximum speed: 246 km / h
- Range: 1481 km
Power point: Two engine L-440C-5 of "Ranger" or the engine G0-480-B1D of "Lycoming" Power: 200 l. from. (149 kW) and 270 l. from. (201,42 kW), respectively
Date of first flight:
- 28 June 1940 year
The surviving airworthy modifications:
- G-44 / -44A, JF4-2 and "Super Widgeon"
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