General Aviation: Grumman G64 Albatross, Images by Wernher Krutein, Richard Neville and PHOTOVAULT®

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The GRUMMAN HU-16 ALBATROSS built as a utility amphibian serving the military for more than thirty years. The G64 Albatross was designed for SAR, patrol, and ASW duties. It gained fame in the Korean War where Albatross crews rescued nearly 1000 United Nations personnel from coastal waters. It performed the same service in Viet Nam until replaced by the Jolly Green Giant helicopter.

The planes were equipped with heavy duty deicing boots and static electricity tails for rough weather operations. The HU-16 could also carry light anti-submarine weapons and was used as a coastal-patrol aircraft by the Marine Corps and Coast Guard. During the Berlin airlift, U-16 aircraft were assigned to rescue crews who were forced down in Russian territory. There were Air Force and Navy varients produced for the services.

They were built for the military during the late 1940's and the last HU-16 was used in the Coast Guard in 1983. Civilian versions can still be seen flying today.


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