(Note: HU-16E was a U.S. Coast Guard designation for UF-1G/UF-2G's and
|Specifications (below are for HU-16B)|
|Gross Weight:||36,000 lbs|
|Propulsion (below are for HU-16B)|
|No. of Engines:||2|
|Horsepower (each):||1425 hp|
|Performance (below are for HU-16B)|
|Cruise Speed:||165 mph|
|Max Speed:||250 Mph|
The Grumman Model G-64 prototype Albatross first flew on October 24, 1947 and
was designated the SA-16 by the USAF. In 1962, all designations were combined in
the multi-service system as the HU-16.
Built to U.S. Navy specifications, the "Albatross" served with the U. S. Air
Force, Navy, Coast Guard, and numerous allied air forces. Almost exclusively
used for Search and Rescue (SAR), they played an important role in both Korea
and Vietnam by rescuing downed airmen.
In the United States Coast Guard service, the SA-16 flew long range
over-water search and rescue missions. Capable of ice flow surveillance in the
North Atlantic to anti-shipping/customs patrols in the Pacific, the "Albatross"
is a very versatile amphibian.
The museum's Albatross, serial number 1293, was an HU-16E and was last flown
by the U.S. Coast Guard with "Cape Cod" markings. It was in storage for about
ten years when, after four days of repair, it was flown to our museum in 1981
with the help of Mr. Dave Tallichet, founder of Military Aircraft Restoration
Company (MARC). This aircraft is on loan from the USAF.
Steve Sullivan was a pilot in the Coast Guard and flew our HU-16E at both
Cape Cod and at Corpus Cristi. On 6 November 1981 he flew our Albatross on her
last flight here at March Field Museum. He attended the dedication on Sunday, 5
August 2001, and was very pleased, stating the aircraft "looked better than when
he flew it in". He donated an HU16 flight manual, emergency procedures and other
manuals, photos of the dedication and a nice letter thanking the museum and my
crew for a great job. Included in the letter was a check to the museum for