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Grumman J4F-2, U.S. Navy BuNo 32940
Photo ID: 1011640
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Model: Grumman G-44 Widgeon, J4F-2 Registration: N302
Year: 1943 Serial Number: 1294, U.S. Navy BuNo 32940
Engine(s): Continental O-470-M Owner: Oren B and Ruth G. Hudson, Trustees, Anchorage, AK
Location: PAMR, Merrill Field, Anchorage, AK Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Date: July, 2004 Present Registration: Same Present Owner (FAA info): Same
Notes: 8/30/05 - Compared to some Widgeons with upwards of 20 owners, this little gem has lived a very simple life.

N302 was built for the U.S. Navy in 1943 as a J4F-2, BuNo 32940. In 1948 it went to the U.S. Dept of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington, D.C. In 1956 it was sold to Oren B. Hudson, who still owns it! Incredible!! It was initially registered as N722, but Hudson changed it to N302 in 1956.
Grumman G-44 Widgeon, N722, N302
Photo ID: 1011641
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Notes: In 1960 Hudson had the Rangers replaced by Continental O-470-M's.

This is a very nice, straight aircraft but not a toy that someone has lavished bookoo dollars on from a bottomless pot.
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Grumman Widgeon, McDermott conversion
Photo ID: 1011642
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Notes: Note the distinctive augmenters and nacelle of the McDermott conversion.
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
History from FAA files: 11/48, Application for Registration, Grumman Widgeon J4F-2, s/n 1294, N722 to U. S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, DC; 12/48, CAA 337 by Piedmont Aviation, Winston Salem, NC. Aircraft converted to civil status; 1/49, Application for Original Airworthiness Certificate. Shows date of manufacture as 1-8-43, Aircraft Type Certificate 734.

1/50, 337 on installation of water rudder, and removal of Curtiss Reed 55518-10 props and installation of Hartzell HC12X20-3A props on the Ranger engines. 10/51, Weight & Balance shows these items on Equipment List: 5 May West jackets, 1 anchor and line, 2 sleeping bags, 1 emergency ration box and stove, 1 axe, 1 shovel and 1 first aid kit.

12/51, Operations Limitations say, "Pursuant to Special Civil Air Regulation SR-376, as amended, this aircraft when being operated entirely within the territory of Alaska by the Fish & Wildlife Service, United States Department of the Interior in the conduct of its game and fish law enforcement activities, is authorized to operate in accordance the following limitations: #5200 gross weight Take-off and landing.

1/52, Aircraft was based in Juneau at this time; 4/56, Sold to Oren B. Hudson (Hudson Air Service), Iliamna, AK as N722, registration soon changed to N302, address soon changed to Anchorage; 4/58, 337 on replacing wing and flap fabric with aluminum; 9/58 Annual Inspection Report shows 3605-TTAF.

2/60, 337, Ranger engines replaced with Continental O-470-M's. Installed Hartzell HC82XF-2B1-8433 props. They used parts and components furnished by J. Ray McDermott. Work done by Spernak Airways, Anchorage; 5/61, 337 on installation of larger cabin door per STC SA5-36; 5/63, 337 on installation of larger cabin windows per STC SA5-51; 5/63, 337 on installation of Cessna wing tips p/n 1223000-1 and-2; 10/00, Transferred to Oren B. Hudson Trustee and Ruth G. Hudson Trustee, Anchorage.
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