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N115FB

Grumman HU-16D Albatross C/N G-462

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Latest photos of N115FB
  • N115FB @ FFZ - Taken at Falcon Field Airport, in March 2011 whilst on an Aeroprint Aviation tour - by Steve Staunton by Steve Staunton @ FFZ
  • N115FB @ KMZJ - Chalk's Albatross in storage at MZJ - by John Meneely by John Meneely @ KMZJ

Airframe Info

Manufacturer:Grumman
Model:HU-16D Albatross    Search all Grumman HU-16D Albatross
Year built:0000
Construction Number (C/N):G-462
Aircraft Type:Fixed wing multi engine
Number of Seats:8
Number of Engines:2
Engine Type:Reciprocating
Engine Manufacturer and Model:Wright R-1820 SER

Aircraft

Registration Number:N115FB
Mode S (ICAO24) Code:A03F45
Certification Class:Special Flight Permit
Air Worthiness Test:1977-12-05
Last Action Taken:2011-02-10
Current Status:In Question

Owner

Registration Type:Individual
Address:Mesa, AZ 85215
United States
Region:Western-Pacific

User Comments

Dave, 2013-10-13 18:26:25
 While N115FB is currently registered with the FAA as a Grumman HU-16E, it is not one. An HU-16E is the long-wing conversion used by the US Coast Guard. The aircraft now registered as N115FB was never operated by the US Coast Guard. It was built as a long-wing model UF-2 for the JMSDF (Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force) under a US Navy procurement contract as Bu. no. 148327, the third to last Albatross ever built new by Grumman. After the 1962 DOD re-organization of military aircraft designations, in the US Navy at least, the model UF-2 became an HU-16D.
In the late 1970's Grumman bought this Albatross back from the JMSDF, converted and upgraded it to FAA Part 25 Transport Category standards under TCDS no. A22SO, and officially re-certified it as a model G-111 - one of only 13 such Albatross conversions done by Grumman at that time. For some unknown reason, all of those conversion were still identified using previous military serial numbers instead of Grumman's OEM civilian serial or construction numbers. N115FB is actually Grumman OEM s/n G-462.