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Grumman HU-16B 'Albatross'

Description
  Manufacturer:Grumman
  Base model:U-16
  Designation:HU-16
  Version:B
  Nickname:Albatross
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1952-Present
  Basic role:Utility
  Modified Mission:Search and Rescue
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Specifications
  Length: 61' 10" 18.8 m
  Height:25' 10" 7.8 m
  Wingspan: 96' 8" 29.4 m
  Gross Weight: 35,998 lb 16,326 kg
  Max Weight: 36,000 lb 16,326 kg

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Wright R-1820
  Horsepower (each): 1425

Performance
  Cruise Speed: 165 mph 265 km/h 143 kt
  Max Speed: 250 mph 402 km/h 217 kt
  Ceiling: 22,000 ft 6,705 m

Examples of this type may be found at
MuseumCityState
Castle Air MuseumAtwaterCalifornia
Maryland ANG - 175th FG, BaltimoreBaltimoreMaryland
Museum of AviationWarner Robins AFBGeorgia
National Atomic MuseumKirtland AFBNew Mexico
New England Air MuseumWindsor LocksConnecticut
Strategic Air Command MuseumAshlandNebraska
Travis Air Force MuseumTravis AFBCalifornia
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio

HU-16B on display

Castle Air Museum

Museum of Aviation

New England Air Museum

Strategic Air Command Museum

United States Air Force Museum
    


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Dale Ferguson
 Anchorage, AK
I'm writing on behalf of my brother, James Kent Ferguson. He was a radio operator on the HU-16 and was assigned to the 304th Rescue Squadron, AFRES, Portland Air Base. He flew to Da Nang in 1963 but has no offical record of being in Viet Nam. Since he was a reservist, he gets no VA benefits and has never asked for any. But with is age and poor health, he could use the VA's help. I am asking, does anyone have any records of the 304th being in Viet Nam in 1963?
08/25/2014 @ 13:50 [ref: 68624]
 Neal Alders
 Titusville, FL
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06/26/2014 @ 18:44 [ref: 68538]
 DONALD L. COOK
 DENISON, TX
I AND MY FAMILY WERE AT GOOSE BAY FROM JAN 1968 TO JAN 1970. WE HAD 3 HU-16B'S, 3 U1-A'S. 2 C-97'S AND THE TANKER KC-135 ALERT FACILITY THAT ROTATED FROM STATESIDE UNITS.
WE HAD THE ONLY HU-16 CREWS IN THE AIR FORCE AT THAT TIME.. A CREW WENT TO THE DAVIS-MOTHAN BONE YARD AND PICKED ONE UP AND FLEW IT TO MADIGASCAR VIA SOUTH AMERICA, OVER AFRICA. AND THEN TO THAT ISLAND NATION.I WANT SAY THEY WERE GONE FOR SEVERAL WEEKS BEFOR MAKING IT BACK. WHO USED IT OVER THERE, I DO NOT KNOW.. MY AFSC WAS AIRCRAFT ENVIRONMENT SYSTEMS, WHICH IS NOW ECS-ELECTRIC.. ENJOYED MY TIME ON THEM,, COMBUSTION HEATERS, GASEOUS OXYGEN SYSTEM, INFLATEABLE SURFACE DE-ICE SYSTEM AND FIRE EXTINGUISHER SYSTEM. AN ENJOYABLE TOUR FOR MY FAMILY AND KIDS..
DONALD L. COOK MSGT. USAF RET.
04/26/2013 @ 09:51 [ref: 67763]
 DONALD L. COOK
 DENISON, TX
I AND MY FAMILY WERE AT GOOSE BAY FROM JAN 1968 TO JAN 1970. WE HAD 3 HU-16B'S, 3 U1-A'S. 2 C-97'S AND THE TANKER KC-135 ALERT FACILITY THAT ROTATED FROM STATESIDE UNITS.
WE HAD THE ONLY HU-16 CREWS IN THE AIR FORCE AT THAT TIME.. A CREW WENT TO THE DAVIS-MOTHAN BONE YARD AND PICKED ONE UP AND FLEW IT TO MADIGASCAR VIA SOUTH AMERICA, OVER AFRICA. AND THEN TO THAT ISLAND NATION.I WANT SAY THEY WERE GONE FOR SEVERAL WEEKS BEFOR MAKING IT BACK. WHO USED IT OVER THERE, I DO NOT KNOW.. MY AFSC WAS AIRCRAFT ENVIRONMENT SYSTEMS, WHICH IS NOW ECS-ELECTRIC.. ENJOYED MY TIME ON THEM,, COMBUSTION HEATERS, GASEOUS OXYGEN SYSTEM, INFLATEABLE SURFACE DE-ICE SYSTEM AND FIRE EXTINGUISHER SYSTEM. AN ENJOYABLE TOUR FOR MY FAMILY AND KIDS..
DONALD L. COOK MSGT. USAF RET.
04/26/2013 @ 09:51 [ref: 67762]
 Ron Hebert
 Laurens, SC
Retired AF..1st assignment was the 48th in '64. Went from phase doc to flt mech. Did the TDY to 33rd at Naha and Danang. Loved leaning out the back on the low level flts down to Homested. Had to keep the weekenders up to par.Water landing in the Big "O" I lived just down he road. Also FE on C-141s And C-130s. Retired out of Travis...
07/10/2012 @ 13:45 [ref: 63111]
 TJ HARRIS CMSGT RET
 CLEVELAND, AL
WERE IS ALL THE 48TH ARS FOLKS AND 37TH ARS FOLKS EGLIN AND DANANG VIETNAM . THE HU-16 DID A HECK OF A JOB IN VIETNAM, BUT YOU DID NOT HEAR ABOUT IT.( THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE)
01/20/2012 @ 18:22 [ref: 52182]
 TJ HARRIS CMSGT RET
 CLEVELAND, AL
I WAS A CREW CHIEF ON THE HU-16 AT EGLIN AFB 48TH ARS 33RD ARS OKINAWA AND 37TH ARRS DANANG VIETNAM. WHAT A GREAT AIRCRAFT. NOT MUCH SAID ABOUTIT IN THE WAR SAVES IT DID IN NAM.NOTHING LIKE LANDING IN OPEN SEAS.
10/10/2011 @ 13:59 [ref: 49502]
 TJ HARRIS CMSGT RET
 CLEVELAND, AL
fah619 OMAHA, NE. SEND ME E-MAIL ADDRESS I HAVE SOMETHING ON THE C-54 CRASH.
TJHCHIEF@AOL.COM
01/31/2011 @ 11:19 [ref: 35914]
 Bob Erickson
 Muskegon, MI
I was stationed Goose AFB, Goosebay Labrador, 1969 to 1971.
We had three HU-16's there. Their tail numbers were 51-0008, 51-0065, 51-0006. The AF used them in the summer to fly in to the 3 survival camps. I believe it was 51-0065 that developed a crack in the wing, after a temporary fix it was flown to the the AF Museum at Wright Patterson, AFB, and put on display. We also had 3 U1-A's, Army aircraft at the Goose used for the same purpose. In the winter skis were put on them for landing in the snow. I worked in DCM Material Control and had to get parts for these aircraft. Usually I had to go through the Navy or Army Depots to get parts. You can imangine the success I had when I told them I was Air Force. At least one HU-16 and U1-A was always grounded for a part and we would end up cannabilizing from the downed aircraft to keep the others flying.

Bob Erickson
SAC 1967-1971


05/06/2010 @ 14:09 [ref: 26139]
 Ron Graves
 , TX
I was an AE3 stationed at N.A.S. Agana 1964 thru 1966 and flew SAR and Interisland Transport. We had 3 HU16 aircraft
Navy numbers 911,920,and 927. We flew all the islands one of the guys mentioned in a prior posting stationed at Guam.
What a great time but the one I liked the most was take off and landing twice a month at Chi Chi Jima in the Bima Islands.It had a deep but short harbour you came in over the high cliffs and cut power for a quick drop and flared out as you touched the water. But the real fun was the circular motion in the water to break the suction on the hull as you pick up speed. Then full throttle heading toward the break reef which is a short distance. As the nose lifts and you are on the step at full speed "Boom" fires the JATO bottles. Talk about a rush, and in just a few minutes you are at Iwo Jima for a fresh water washdown.
I got a call one day from the ship horbour in Guam one of our HU16 I think it was #920 had hit a 2x4 floating in the water while practicing take offs and landings. The crew managed to beach her as best they could. When I arrived to salvage what radio and radar gear that surived. I looked she had a gash about 6 foot long in the hull and was down by the tail. When I got inside thru the nose hatch which was open she had water about 2 feet deep in the cockpit. I never did know where she went after that. But I think they may have sent her to Konan Japan outside Kobe . We went twice to pickup HU16s from a civilian contractor who did mod. work and overhaul. Neat place they also did experimental, ever see a PBY with jet engines mounted on top of the wings? They had one.
I could keep on but they were great airplanes and did a great job I was lucky they were short on ATs at Agana and made me a radio and radar operator on the flight crews.
04/12/2010 @ 08:28 [ref: 26012]

 

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