WIDGEON
WIDGEON

Manufacturer

GRUMMAN

Markings:

NACA, Langley Field, Virginia, 1948

Designation:

J4F-2

Serial Number:

32976

GRUMMAN J4F-2 WIDGEON

The Widgeon was designed as a smaller, less expensive counterpart to Grumman's G-21 Goose amphibious airliner. First flown in June 1940 the Widgeon entered production in 1941 with over 50 aircraft delivered to civil customers. The U.S. Coast Guard purchased twenty-five J4F-1 Widgeons and the U.S. Navy bought 131 J4F-2s. The Widgeons served primarily as coastal search and rescue aircraft and as utility transports in the United States. Early in the war a few were equipped for anti-submarine patrols and, in fact a Widgeon scored the first U.S. Coast Guard kill of a German submarine in August 1942.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 40 ft
  • Length: 31 ft 1 in
  • Height: 11 ft 5 in
  • Weight: 4,525 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 153 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 14,600 ft
  • Range: 800 miles
  • Engines: 2 Ranger L-440-5, 200 hp
  • Crew: 2 and 4 passengers