Grumman HU-16E 'Albatross'

Notes: HIGH-WING, amphibious aircraft with fixed wing floats. For search/rescue, asw, and general purpose uses (6 CREW, 12 LITTERS) .
  Base model:U-16
  Equivalent to: UF-2G
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1952-Present
  Basic role:Utility
  Modified Mission:Search and Rescue
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  Length: 61' 3" 18.6 m
  Height:25' 10" 7.8 m
  Wingspan: 96' 8" 29.4 m
  Wingarea: 1,035.0 sq ft 96.1 sq m
  Empty Weight: 22,883 lb 10,377 kg
  Gross Weight: 35,700 lb 16,190 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Wright R-1820-76B
  Horsepower (each): 1425

  Range: 2,850 miles 4,589 km
  Cruise Speed: 150 mph 241 km/h 130 kt
  Max Speed: 236 mph 380 km/h 205 kt
  Climb: 1,450 ft/min 441 m/min
  Ceiling: 21,500 ft 6,552 m

Examples of this type may be found at
Dyess Linear Air ParkDyess AFBTexas
Historic Aircraft Restoration ProjectsBrooklynNew York
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space MuseumNew YorkNew York
March Field Air MuseumRiversideCalifornia
McClellan Aviation MuseumMcClellan AFBCalifornia
National Museum of Naval AviationNAS PensacolaFlorida
Pacific Coast Air MuseumSanta RosaCalifornia
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial ParkMobileAlabama

HU-16E on display

Dyess Linear Air Park

Historic Aircraft Restoration Projects

March Field Museum

McClellan Aviation Museum

Pacific Coast Air Museum

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park


Recent comments by our visitors
 Tim Shockley, AT1
 , VA
The poem "Boneyard Flight" was actually written as part of the radio log during the three-day mission of CG aircraft 1293 from Cape Cod Air Station to Davis-Monthan AFB, July 6-8, 1981. The following are the last few lines of that log/poem that I wrote when that mission was over:

Our plane ceases rolling, now dead in its tracks,
The Wrights’ lion purr sings their song from the stacks.

The old engines have run all the way without fault,
Now mixtures are cut, props freewheel to a halt.

We descend from the ladder, walk off from the plane,
But each steals a quick moment to look back again.

In our hearts and our minds, we may never admit,
Though we cuss the old goat, we are still fond of it.

I don’t get sentimental ’bout material things,
But deep down I sense loss at the death of this plane.

As she exits our lives, she obeys without plea.

(Anyone who flew as an Avionicsman in the Coast Guard knows that "securing your guard" is the response from another Coast Guard unit when a Coast Guard aircraft is signing off the air, usually at the completion of its mission. It seemed fitting to use those words here. A lot of Coast Guard airdales had mixed feelings about the Goat, but nobody who crewed one could ever forget that she was truly a remarkable airplane.)
03/20/2016 @ 12:15 [ref: 69529]
 Charles \"CB\" Brezler
 Wilmington, NC
I was an AT3 stationed at USCGAS Brooklyn from 1965 to 1968. I spent many hour flying as a radioman in these "HUEYS" and many hours removing & repairing all of the tube-based electronics. My favorite pieces of gear were the radar unit located in the nose of the AC and the Single Side Band (SSB) Radio Transmitter. We had a test radar unit located in the back room of the AT Shop and I wasted many days fooling around with it. But the best thing I remember is the evening patrols during the summer flying up the Hudson & up & down the Atlantic Coast in the Hueys. I thought of reenlisting many times but got married. I sure did enjoy my 3 years at CGAS Brooklyn & the HU-16Es!
02/20/2016 @ 07:17 [ref: 69489]
 Kevin Osborn
 Lafayette, IN
Proudly flew my birds out of E-City and I am trying to find all the stations they flew out of, as I put together my new biker vest would like to find as many patches as possible.
03/27/2015 @ 09:05 [ref: 69000]
 mike wisher ad1 retired
 , ME
02/23/2014 @ 09:54 [ref: 68364]
 Ed, Callahan
 New York, NY
I had the privilege of flying the HU-16 ( GOAT ) While stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod. 1980-1985. The last Goat to leave us was the 7250 in 1983. I was an aviation survival man and once they were gone things never were the same. The new HU-25 was a beautiful sleek aircraft. But flying them compared to the goat just wasn't the same. As a navigator in the Goat you had a lo ran, maps, protractor, grease pencils, you had to work for it. When the new HU-25's came along we all became passengers. It truly was the end of an era. And anyone who was there to make the transition new they had lost a friend. An AE named Tim Shockly wrote a poem on a flight to the bone yard with one of our goats. I can't remember how it gos but I do remember it was touching. If anyone out there remembers Tim Shockly's poem or any of the great people involved at hangar 128 U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod during those years I would love to hear from you.
12/06/2012 @ 13:50 [ref: 67393]
 Mike Blaschum
 Athens, TN
What a plane! Noisy as hell, but always seem to bring u back.
My longest flt was 13.9 hrs non-stop. Flew 19 different tail numbers at 4 Air Stations including St Pete, Annette, Corpus and Mobile. We had one triphibian at Annette but we didn't use the ski mode. St Pete (Albert Whitted Airport)was the scariest due to the 2800' runway. Couldn't land at night there so had to go to PIE and duty driver would pick us up or an H52 if one was airborne. Ended up with 1800 hrs in the HU16.
08/28/2012 @ 11:50 [ref: 66436]
 Nick Hunt
 Ona,, FL
At3 air station Miami, 67 thru 70.
Flew in the 7227,7223, 7216 and couple of more I cant remember.
Forgot about calling them goats. Darn good plane, glad to see
there is a few left.
06/26/2012 @ 19:21 [ref: 62809]
 Nick Hunt
 Ona,, FL
At3 air station Miami, 67 thru 70.
Flew in the 7227,7223, 7216 and couple of more I cant remember.
Forgot about calling them goats. Darn good plane, glad to see
there is a few left.
06/26/2012 @ 19:21 [ref: 62808]
 San Diego, CA
Loved the Goat, and the sounds that the engines made while taxing out to the runway. I was about to take my check ride to be fully qualified and the flight was cancelled. The HH-3F was coming to Brooklyn to replace them. Was a Pelican Pusher from then on. The stories that the Goat Herders told were fantastic. Finding Survivors after long Searchs. Getting so excited throwing them their head sets and toilet paper. That is an AM-3 C.E Hogue Jr. AKA "Trouble Shooter" story. Bob Lowry ADC (ret.)
04/05/2012 @ 16:13 [ref: 54955]
 Ken Farmer
 San Diego, CA
My hours in the Goat were out of CGAS Annette, Alaska. Not the place you want to be flying a fixed wing in but it was exciting to say the least. Strong old bird that stood up to the rigors of Alaska, where it gets real bad real quick. Transferred to CGAS San Diego the month they traded the Goats for the H3F's. Help in the restoration of the Goat at March AFB museum and helped in the dedication to all of us that had the pleasure (?) of flying in them. Now if I could only hear again!!
09/09/2011 @ 21:14 [ref: 48869]


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