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HU-16 Albatross Flying Boat
(February 18, 2008)
Why talk about this one in particular ... because I had the chance to fly it quite a few times and I like the bird! If you are a glass-cockpit fan, a fiber structure maniac or smooth profile adict, this plane is not for you. The HU-16 is heavy, square, rough, old and his cockpit is packed with rusty buttons. His supercharged Wright R1820s' radial engines are not turbine winners, they rage and rattle on take off with enough dBs to pop your ear drums out!

The HU-16B is an all-metal, high wing, twin-engine sea plane with fixed wing-tip floats built by Grumman. It is powered by two 9-cylinder Wright R1820-76B or 76D engines driving three-bladed, constant spedd, full feathering and reversible pitch propellers. The engine is also equiped with single stage two speed superchargers.

Dimmensions:

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Length
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Height
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Beam
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Tread

96 ft 08 in
62 ft 10 in
25 ft 11 in
7 ft 11 in
17 ft 08 in

The maximum growth weight from the manual is at 46,100 LB but at the cost of numerous limitations that would not make it a friendly flyer (and do not even think about losing that engine). More on growth weight and limitations are discussed later.

More to come soon.

Previously

A Day At The Beach in Ocean City, NJ (February 27, 2008)
Small community South of Atlantic City, Ocean City, NJ offers a huge beach for family oriented vacations. For us it is more like a good destination for a day flight and $100 burger. Read more ...

Flying to Tangier Island (February 24, 2008)
Small island in the middle of Chesapeake Bay with only limited commercial boat service and a small airport (TGI) for private flights. Fly to Tangier and discover a community known for its crabs and quietness. Read more ...

Coming Soon ...

HU-16 Practical
Wether you want to know more about the HU-16 Albatross flight characteristics or learn how to fly it in flight simulator.

Flying Home
Or more precisely flying at home using computer devices and flight simulator softwares.

Seminole I Miss You
Most students that took the twin engine training ended-up in a Piper Seminole. I used it a lot more for fun flying but now it is gone and I miss it. Learn about that cool bird.

C172 In 2 Words
Still here? (that's 2 words). A very expensive 2 seater (4 for the display) to buy but one of the ceapest to rent. Lets talk about it.

Cool NE Airports
Here are some cool airports in the North East US to visit in real flight (may not be as fun in FS).

Cool Airports in FS
This time lets talk about some cool airports in FS.

 

 




From the author: I love flying, I love technology but I am not a big fan of the mix sometimes. Old planes are cool, keep them flying!

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