Grumman HU-16 Albatross

The Grumman HU-16 Albatross is a large twin radial engine amphibious seaplane that was used by the United States Air Force, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard, primarily as a search and rescue aircraft.

Originally designated as the SA-16 for the USAF and the JR2F-1 and UF-1 for the USN and USCG, it was redesignated as the HU-16 in 1962.

Variants

XJR2F-1 

Prototype designation, two built.

HU-16A (originally SA-16A) 

USAF version

HU-16A (originally UF-1) 

Indonesian version

HU-16B (originally SA-16B) 

USAF version (modified with long wing)

SHU-16B (modified HU-16B for Anti-Submarine Warfare) 

Export version

HU-16C (originally UF-1) 

US Navy version

LU-16C (originally UF-1L) 

US Navy version

TU-16C (originally UF-1T) 

US Navy version

HU-16D (originally UF-1) 

US Navy version (modified with long wing)

HU-16D (originally UF-2)

  German version (built with long wing)

HU-16E (originally UF-2G) 

US Coast Guard version (modified with long wing)

HU-16E (originally SA-16A) 

USAF version (modified with long wing)

G-111 (originally SA-16A) 

derived from USAF, JASDF, and German originals

CSR-110 

RCAF version.

Specifications

Crew

4-6

Capacity

10 passengers

Length

62 ft 10 in (19.15 m)

Wingspan

96 ft 8 in (29.46 m)

Height

25 ft 10 in (7.87 m)

Wing area

1,035 sq ft (96.2 m2)

Airfoil

NACA 23017

Empty weight

22,883 lb (10,380 kg)

Gross weight

30,353 lb (13,768 kg)

Max take-off weight

37,500 lb (17,010 kg)

Fuel capacity

675 US gal (562.1 imp gal; 2,555.2 l) internal fuel + 400 US gal (333.1 imp gal; 1,514.2 l) in wingtip floats + two 300 US gal (249.8 imp gal; 1,135.6 l) drop tanks

Powerplant

2 × Wright R-1820-76A Cyclone 9 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines, 1,425 hp (1,063 kW) each for take-off

1,275 hp (951 kW) normal rating from sea level to 3,000 ft (914 m)

Propellers

3-bladed Hamilton Standard constant-speed fully-feathering reversible-pitch propellers

Performance

Maximum speed

236 mph (380 km/h, 205 kn)

Cruise speed

124 mph (200 km/h, 108 kn)

Stall speed

74 mph (119 km/h, 64 kn)

Range

2,850 mi (4,590 km, 2,480 nmi)

Service ceiling

21,500 ft (6,600 m)

Rate of climb

1,450 ft/min (7.4 m/s).

 

 

 

 

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