YouTube – Grumman Duck
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The Grumman Duck, designated J2F, was the company’s first amphibian aircraft. It first took to the sky on April 25, 1933 and soon became the primary single engine workhorse military amphibian.
The aircraft was used by the U.S.Navy, U.S.Marine Corps and U.S.Coast Guard in addition to a number of U.S. allies. A single Grumman Duck aircraft was used by the U.S.A.F., primarily for search and rescue duties.
The Grumman Duck performed a multitude of roles including aircraft carrier transport, reconnaissance, search and rescue, target tow, anti shipping, and anti submarine. It even found a civilian use as an executive transport.
Given its bulky shape, the Grumman Duck was a surprisingly aerobatic flier. At least one performed at air shows, but has since been retired.
Grumman Duck aircraft were built strong enough to withstand aircraft carrier and choppy sea landings. Although the aircraft fuselage was made from metal, the wings were covered with cloth. The aircraft had retractable landing gear. Light attack versions of the Grumman Duck had single or twin machine guns and could carry bombs under their wings.
Throughout their production period the aircraft were modified to increase performance with more powerful engines and hull changes to improve water handling.
A total of 632 Grumman Duck aircraft of all types were produced. We do not know of any still flying, but several well preserved examples can be found on static display.
RC Grumman Duck
Cleveland has plans of the RC Grumman Duck with wingspans of 39, 58, 77 and 116 inches. The photo above is an example of their 116 in. wingspan model.