Mastercraft Collection: HU-16 Albatross, Navy..
Wingspan: 12 inches
Length: 7.8 inches
The Grumman HU-16 served the US Navy, the US Air Force, and the US Coast Guard as an amphibious flying boat. The aircraftÕs deep hull and weight load capacity made it ideal for search and rescue (SAR) and combat and search missions. The Albatross was originally designated as the SA-16 (for the ones employed by the USAF) and as the JR2F-1 and UF-1 (for the ones employed by the US Navy). It wasnÕt until 1962 when the aircraft had its name standardized as the HU-16. The basic power source of the HU-16 Albatross was two 1,425hp Wright R-1820-76 Cyclone 9 radial engines. This gave the aircraft a maximum speed of 236mph and a top range of 2,478 nautical miles. As an SAR aircraft, the HU-16 did not have any armaments on board. During the planeÕs military service, the US Navy, in particular, greatly relied on the Albatross as shown by planeÕs long tenure for the organization. The USN had the plane in its itinerary since the early UF-1 model to the later HU-16E variant. With commendable specs, it is expected that the Grumman Albatross was used beyond the United States.
This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen. Perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!