YouTube – Grumman Widgeon
pilot + five
2 x 200 hp.
31 ft. 1 in.
40 ft. 0 in.
The Grumman Widgeon, designated the G-44, was the smallest twin engine amphibian that Grumman manufactured. One first flew on July 22, 1940.
With the U.S. entry into World War II, the Grumman Widgeon was used by the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy for search and rescue, as utility transports and as trainers. Eventually even the U.S. Army Air Corps utilized this small, robust aircraft, primarily for observation purposes. The Coast Guard designated the Grumman Widgeon the J4F4, the Navy designation was J4F-2, and the Army designated it as the OA-14.
When the War ended, the Grumman Widgeon continued in the civil aviation market.
Power for the original airplane was by two Ranger engines with a rated output of 200 hp each. A pair of fixed pitch propellers of wooden construction were originally chosen. The engine/propeller combination produced limited thrust and the propellers were quickly replaced by ones made from metal. Although the metal propellers helped produce a bit more thrust, by all accounts the original Grumman Widgeon was underpowered. Its greatest virtue was robust construction, enabling it to withstand numerous landings in less than calm waters.
After World War II, lighter, more powerful engines became available to propel the Grumman Widgeon. One of the most used engines was the Lycoming GO-480 producing 270 hp. When fitted to the Grumman Widgeon, the aircraft became a pleasure to fly.
The sturdy seaplane became a favorite corporate aircraft for VIP transportation to areas needing a smaller transport.
Some 345 Grumman Widgeon aircraft were produced. It is estimated that about 17 are still flying.
RC Grumman Widgeon
That’s Al Franklin with his G & P Sales RC Grumman Widgeon. The 1/4 scale kit has a wingspan of 120 in. It includes a fiberglass fuselage and foam core wings. For power you will need a pair of G38 or similar engines. All up weight is between 40 and 45 lbs.
G & P Sales has a smaller RC Grumman Widgeon for sale. The kit contains a fiberglass fuselage, foam core wings, and all the wood necessary to complete the RC airplane. Wingspan is 81 in. Suggested power comes from .40 to .52 two cycle or .52 four cycle engines.