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!
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.
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.
to come soon.
Day At The Beach in Ocean City, NJ
(February 27, 2008)
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
to Tangier Island (February
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
Wether you want to know more about the HU-16 Albatross
flight characteristics or learn how to fly it in flight
Or more precisely flying at home using computer devices
and flight simulator softwares.
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
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.
Here are some cool airports in the North East US to
visit in real flight (may not be as fun in FS).
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!