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Grumman HU-16B Triphibian 1949 Year 1/144 Scale Plastic Model Kit Amodel 1414

Theme: Military

Era : 1946-1959

Scale : 1/72

Material : Plastic

Series: Legendary Aircrafts

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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Grumman HU-16 "Albatross" (eng. Grumman HU-16 Albatross) is a large twin-engine amphibious aircraft (flying boat). The original name SA-16 was changed to HU-16 in 1962.
An upgraded version of the Grumman Mallard, called the Albatross, was designed for open ocean splashdown to rescue downed or crashed pilots. The bottom of the aircraft has a V-shape and is long enough for landing on water. The Albatross was designed to land on waves up to 1.2 m high, but can land in more difficult conditions. To take off in 3-meter or large waves, it needs jet boosters.
Since the aircraft weighs 5.6 tons, pilots of US-registered Albatrosses must have a special permit. Training courses can be taken in Boulder City, Nevada.
Most of the Albatrosses were used by the US Air Force, mainly by the Air Rescue Service. SA-16s were used extensively during the Korean War to rescue pilots, where they proved to be reliable and suitable for landing at sea in difficult weather conditions. Later, a modification of the HU-16B aircraft with a long wing was widely used by the US Air Force during the Vietnam War.