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Photo ID: 1011195
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Model: Scan Type 30 Registration: N3N
Year: 1964 Serial Number: 16
Engine(s): Lycoming TIO-540-J2BD, 350-HP, Counter-rotating Owner: Dennis Burke
Vero Beach, FL
Location: Moosehead Lake
Greenville, Maine
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
Date: 2003, September Present Registration: Same Present Owner (FAA info):
Notes: 10/13/03 - Dennis has owned this Widgeon for 34-years. I suspect he knows it pretty well! This is one of the 30 or so Widgeons built by the French as the SCAN 30, under license from Grumman. It was built in 1948 and first flew in 1964. I remember when a "new" Scan Widgeon was advertised in Trade-A-Plane - - about that many years ago.

This is no ordinary Widgeon. (Actually, there is probably not an "ordinary Widgeon" anywhere. Each has been uniquely crafted by its owner.) Someone had done the Gannet conversion on this aircraft, installing Lycoming R680, 300-HP radials. In 1989 Burke removed them and installed the turbocharged, counter-rotating, Lycoming TIO-540-J2BD, 350-HP engines, as used on the Piper Chieftain. He had modified six aircraft.

Burke owns three Widgeons, one of which is a very original, Ranger-powered aircraft. N3N is based at MA28, Southwick, MA.
 

Photo ID: 1011196
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Notes: Those are sleek nacelles for a 350-HP, turbocharged engine! That certainly contributes to the speeds you will see below. Hopefully I can get a less cluttered photo some day.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 

Photo ID: 1011197
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Notes: Note the spray rail all the way around the front. There are many opinions about the optimum spray rail on seaplanes.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 

Photo ID: 1011198
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Notes: Compare this cabin door with N25DF. N3N has been modified with a small door which swings up in addition to the main one which swings out, making a larger opening.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 

Photo ID: 1011199
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Notes: Dennis added two feet to each wing, and droop tips.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 

Photo ID: 1011200
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Notes: Okay, traffic is clear - - let's see what this thing will do!
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 

Photo ID: 1011201
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Notes: Dennis says that N3N will get out of the water in six seconds at gross!
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 

Photo ID: 1011202
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Notes: This is probably the only Widgeon conversion that will go to 24,000' in 24-minutes!
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 

Photo ID: 1011203
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Notes: Burke reports that at 50% power he trues out at 200-MPH at 15,000'. When I think of "Widgeon", I think of water, not 15,000', but I guess that once in a while you do get up there and go somewhere!
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 
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