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Grumman J4F-2 Widgeon, U.S. Navy BuNo 32975
Photo ID: 1011643
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Model: Grumman G-44 Widgeon, J4F-2 Registration: N645DH
Year: 1944 Serial Number: 1329, U.S. Navy BuNo 32975
Engine(s): Lycoming GO-480-B1D, McKinnon Conversion Owner: A Douglas Hulen, 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 - Grumman Widgeon N645DH was built in 1944 as a U.S. Navy J4F-2, BuNo. 32975. It was sold surplus in 1946 and registered as N66645 (NC66645). It retained that identity until 2000 when it became N645DH.

This is a beautiful Widgeon, obviously the object of someone's affection
Grumman Widgeon, McKinnon Conversion, Lycoming GO-480
Photo ID: 1011644
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Notes: The McKinnon Conversion to Lycoming GO-480-B1D's was removed from Widgeon N86648 and installed on this aircraft in 2001. The files don't indicate that the aircraft had ever been converted from the original Rangers, and FAA registration info indicates that it still has Rangers.
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
History from FAA files: 6/46, Application for Registration for Grumman J4F-6 Widgeon, s/n 1329, N66645, to K Gunner Johansen, Ferndale, MI; 7/46, Document from War Assets Administrator to Gunner K. Johansen; 7/46, Loading data shows #4525 gross weight; 7/46, CAA 337 on converting aircraft from Navy J4F-2 to civilian G44 by Aviation Maintenance Corp, Van Nuys, CA. Installed new Sensenich 82RS72 wood props. Shows Navy s/n 44-1329; 11/46, 337 on repairs from 10/46 accident. (Sounds like a groundloop!); 11/46, Sold to Progressive Welder Company (partly owned by Johansen) for $20,500; 11/46, Bank document shows Identification No. 32975.

4/47, Registration Certificate in name of Modern Die & Tool Company, Detroit, MI, shows s/n as 44-1329; 4/48, Registration Certificate in name of Commonwealth Petroleum Company, Chicago, IL; 4/50, Sold to Industrial Eng. and Mfg. Co., Brimfield, IN; 7/48, 337 on installation of "Hartzell Hydro-Selective Reversible Propellers". One placard to say, "Do not reverse propeller in flight or landing". Props were HC12x20-2, Blades 8424.

5/51, Sold to Glaser Construction, Lafayette, LA; 2/53, had 1549-TTAF at annual; 2/54, had 1832-TTAF at annual; 4/56, had 2223-TTAF; 1/56 Sold to Link Aeronautical Corp., Endicott, NY; 4/61 Application for Registration, Kail Aeronautical Corporation, Endicott, NY; 6/61, 337, removed Hartzells, installed R203-100, Beech controllable props.

4/63, Sold to Iris K. Morgan, Binghamton, NY; 7/64, Sold to Leon D. Cool, Rockville, MD; 4/67, Sold to J. Curtiss McKinney, Titusville, PA; 8/73, Sold to Charles E. Weir, Anchorage, AK, chattel mortgage for $39,000; 5/79, Installed Hartzell HCA2V20-2, feathering props; 11/92, Sold to A. Douglas Huen, Anchorage, AK; 8/94, Sold to A. Douglas Huen or James R. Branham, Anchorage; 1/97, Sold to A. Douglas Huen, Helen M. Huen, Anchorage, AK; 5/00, to A. Douglas Huen, Helen Huen deceased.

7/00, Changed registration to N645DH; 6/01, 337 on installation of leading edge landing lights; 6/01, 337. Removed McKinnon conversion, STC SA380WE from Grumman G44A, s/n 1472, N86648, and installed on this aircraft. Includes Lycoming GO-480-B1D engines and Hartzell HC82X20-2A/8433 props. Aircraft has 23-gal. aux tank in each outer wing. Shows #4700 gross for takeoff and landing; 6/01, 337, Installed JASCO alternators using JAARS Helio Courier STC SA987SO; 7/01, 337 on installation of single piece windshield per Lee Mansdorf drawings; 8/01, 337 on gross weight increase of #5500.
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