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Grumman G-44A Widgeon
Photo ID: 1011647
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Model: Grumman G-44A Widgeon Registration: N86627
Year: 1946 Serial Number: 1453
Engine(s): Continental IO-470, 260-HP Owner: Richard R Taylor, 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 - This is a post-war, G-44A Widgeon, and it has borne registration NC86627 and N86627 its whole life! It was almost breathtaking against the blue Alaskan sky.

The original Application for Registration for Grumman G-44A, s/n 1453, NC86627, was signed by L. R. Grumman, President, in August 1946. It was registered in the name of Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, Bethpage, Long Island, New York;
Grumman Widgeon, NC86627, N86627
Photo ID: 1011648
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Notes: N86627 had various engines and propellers over the years and I suspect it was the initial aircraft for the McDermott conversions. McDermott's first engine was the Continental O-470-B, but wisely he soon went to the O-470-M. Aircraft registration info says it now has IO-470's.
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Widgeon, McDermott Conversion, Continental IO-470
Photo ID: 1011649
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Notes: Gross weight has been increased over the years from the original #4525, to #5400.

There are some interesting points in the notes below
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
History from FAA files: 6/46, Weight & Balance shows #4525 gross weight; 8/46, Original Application for Registration for Grumman G-44A, s/n 1453, NC86627, signed by L. R. Grumman, President. Registration in name of Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, Bethpage, Long Island, New York; 8/46, Aircraft Inspection Report shows Sensenich wood props, 82RS72; 8/46, Application for Airworthiness Certificate shows Ranger R6-440C-5 engines; 8/46, Operations Limitations say "Night - Instrument but not for hire unless suitable flares are installed.

12/47, CAA 337. Grumman removed wood props, installed Koppers Aeromatic Props, Model #220, blades O-82A; This is very possibly the aircraft Grumman used to test the Koppers Aeromatic prop on the Widgeon. The file includes a copy of their letter to the CAA with a proposed Revision to Aircraft Spec A-734-2. Accompanying operating restrictions say minimum allowable fuel octane is 57, the "One engine inoperative performance" chart shows a -25 FPM "rate-of-climb" at sea level, and it goes downhill from there! There is a statement which says "This aircraft has no single-engine ceiling";

12/47, Sold to J. Ray McDermott, Harvey, LA, subsequently registered to J. Ray McDermott Inc., and then McDermott Corporation; 12/49, CAA 337, removed Aeromatics, installed Curtiss Reed 55518-10K props;

4/52, Annual, aircraft had 2297-TTAF; 5/52, Installed Hartzell HC12X20 props with Hartzell T-Drives C-192-2 and Hamilton Standard governors. Got Experimental Airworthiness Certificate to flight test this prop/governor combination.

7/54, 337 on installation of Continental O-470-B engines and Hartzell HC82XF-2 props. Got Experimental Airworthiness Certificate to flight test aircraft. Aircraft had 2877-TTAF. 11/54, 337 on this installation with McDermott prints; 1/57, 337, Removed O-470-B engines and installed O-470-M's, with new mounts; 8/59, 337 on installation of new McDermott spray rails; 5/61, 337 on major aircraft rebuilding.

5/63, 337, modified stabilizer by raising leading edge 5/8". Says gross weight was previously increased to #5000; 1/57, Annual Inspection Report shows 3853-TTA; 11/63, 337 on removal, total rebuild and reinstallation of center section, including replacing upper and lower skins and many internal parts; 6/76, 337 on modification to #5400 gross weight per McKinnon STC; 7/68, 337 on airframe overhaul; 11/76, 337 on installation of one-piece windshield per Lee Mansdorf STC;

12/85, Sold to Halter Yachts, New Orleans, LA; 12/85, Sold to Marjon Realty, c/o Peter Hawks, San Carlos, CA; 3/86, 337's, installed 35-gallon fuel tank in each outer wing per McKinnon STC; 10/89, Sold to Dudley H. Mead, DBA Wingmead Aviation, San Francisco, CA; 4/02, Sold to Richard R. Taylor, Anchorage, AK
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