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Grumman J4F Widgeon, Gosling, NC74630, N1035L, N101KB
Photo ID: 1011635
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Model: Grumman G-44 Widgeon, J4F-2 Registration: N139F
Year: 1944 Serial Number: 1375, U.S. Navy 37745
Engine(s): Continental IO-470, 260-HP, Dean Franklin Conversion Owner: Kerriston Limited Partnership, Kent, WA
Location: PAMR, Merrill Field, Anchorage, AK Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Date: July, 2004 Present Registration: Same Present Owner (FAA info): Same
Notes: 9/1/05 - It was a dreary day but one still doesn't miss an opportunity to get photos of a nice Widgeon.

This aircraft was delivered to the U.S. Navy as a J4F-2, BuNo 37745. It then went to the Royal Navy and was assigned s/n FP467 or FP468, depending on which source you use. It was probably based in the West Indies and was returned to the U.S. Navy in late 1945. The British used 15 of our Widgeons, and at least initially they called them the Gosling I.

The FAA file shows a Nov. 1946 Bill of Sale from War Assets Administrator, Atlanta, GA, for "one Grumman J4F-2 aircraft, Navy identification 37745, Mfrs. Serial number 1375, engines Fairchild Model 6-440-C5", for $7500 to Nathaniel A. Kalt, North American Aviation Plant, Dallas, TX.

This aircraft has had several U.S. registrations over the years including: NC74630, N1035L, N101KB and N139F You can see more detailed history below the photos.
Grumman G-44 Widgeon, dual disk brake
Photo ID: 1011636
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Notes: A mechanic was doing some work on the double disk brake the day I stopped by
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Grumman Widgeon interior
Photo ID: 1011637
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Notes: Aaahh - - many of us would like to ease into these seats and go cruising - - if we couldn't talk our way up front
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Grumman Widgeon instrument panel
Photo ID: 1011638
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Notes: Nice panel there. Pristine!
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Grumman Widgeon, Dean Franklin conversion, IO-470
Photo ID: 1011639
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Notes: This is your Dean Franklin conversion to the Widgeon, with the Continental IO-470 engines, gross weight increase and much more.

This Widgeon is obviously now loved and well cared for in spite of having 17 owners over the years. It has an unusual history of mods and improvements over the past 10-years or so and will probably outlive most of us.
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
History from FAA files: 12/46, NC74630 sold to Charles B. Dickson, Cincinnati, OH; 12/46, Application for Airworthiness says built July 21, 1944, Aircraft Type Certificate 734, no A.D.'s.

3/49, Sold to Robert Uricho, Jr., Miami, FL; 5/49, 337 on installation of factory approved dual control system; 7/51, Ferry permit from Ft. Lauderdale to Miami, for repairs; 7/51, 337 to remove wing floats, aircraft placarded for land use only; 12/51, 337 on repairs to right float and forward fuselage, floats installed, aircraft placarded for land and sea.

2/52, Sold to George C. Hall, Jr., Fort Lauderdale, FL; 11/52, Sold to Northeast Aviation Company, Portland, ME; 11/52, Annual Inspection Report, 934-TTAF; 4/54, to Victor L. Slater, Northville, MI; 5/55, to Carolina Paper Box Company, Burlington, NC; 6/56, Annual Inspection Report, 1131-TTAF.

2/58, Carolina Paper Box requests cancellation of registration, because of "total accident" on 2/3/57; 4/57, Application for Original Airworthiness Certificate, and Aircraft Inspection Report showing 1237-TTAF. 5/58, Sold to Fred W. Fenn, Ojus, FL; 2/60, 337 on major rebuild. 4/61, Sold to Bud Branham and Joe Savaged Jr., Anchorage, AK; 6/62, Sold to John O. & Ruth Gorman, Carmichael, CA for $12,000; 11/63, Sold to David S. Garber, Menlo Park, CA; 10/64, Sold to Henry Obor Moffett, Kent, Barbados, West Indies.

10/65, Sold to Dean H. Franklin, Miami, FL, who changed registration to N1035L; 6/66, 337 on Dean Franklin conversion, including Continental IO-470 engines, gross weight increased from 4840 to #5400, metalized wings, installed Steward Warner heater and more.

6/66, Sold to A. Clinton Lindburg, St. Louis, MO; 3/74, Sold to Kenneth H. Bunch, Glennallen, AK, who changed registration to N101KB; 3/92, Estate of Kenneth H. Bunch sells aircraft to AvAmerica, Anchorage, AK.

3/92, Sold to Philip Bingman, Anchorage, AK, who is associated with Fresh Water Adventures, Anchorage. Registration changed to N139F; 6/94, 337 on installation of #200 baggage compartment in nose; 7/95, 337 on installation of single piece windshield; 5/96, 337, removed motorized landing light, installed leading edge, fixed landing light; 5/97, Sold to Lester L. R. Bingman, Dillingham, AK; 7/98, 337 on major repairs to hull, rebuilding of landing gear. (Per FAA accident report, there had been a hard landing on a small, unnamed lake following fuel mismanagement which resulted in both engines quitting.)

10/98, Sold to Kerriston Partnership Limited, Kent,WA; 7/00, 337's on installation of fiberglass wing tips per STC SA366AL, replaced Hartzell props with McCauley 3AF32C528/84NEA-4's. Many more improvements that I didn't mention, by Bingman/Fresh Water Adventures, and Kerriston Partnership. I have seen few aircraft that have such a consistent pattern of improvements over a period of 10 years or so. Although the registration address for Kerriston is Kent, WA, all the 337's are done by Alaskans, so the aircraft is likely based there.
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