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Grumman HU-16 Albatross

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The Grumman HU-16 Albatross is a large, twin–radial engined amphibious seaplane that was used by the United States Air Force (USAF), the U.S. Navy (USN), and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), primarily as a search and rescue (SAR) 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. A new build G-111T Albatross with modern avionics and engines was proposed in 2021 with production in Australia to commence in 2025.[2]

Quick facts: HU-16 Albatross, Role, Manufacturer, First fl...
HU-16 Albatross
A U.S. Navy Grumman UF-1 Albatross
Role Air-sea rescue flying boat
Manufacturer Grumman
First flight October 24, 1947[1]
Introduction 1949
Retired 1995 (Hellenic Navy)
Status Retired
Primary users United States Air Force
United States Coast Guard
United States Navy
Hellenic Navy
Produced 1949–1961
Number built 466
Developed from Grumman Mallard

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