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Retirement Posting USCG Air Station Clearwater — Grumman HU-16E Albatross

21 January 2015

Retirement Posting USCG Air Station Clearwater — Grumman HU-16E Albatross

27° 54′ 42″ N / 82° 41′ 57″ W

Grumman HU-16E Albatross — photo by Joseph May

Grumman HU-16E Albatross at the USCG Air Base Clearwater — photo by Joseph May

The Albatross, Grumman’s largest amphibian, served as a rescue aircraft in the U.S. Air Force as well as the U.S. Coast Guard as well as several countries other than the United States. This HU-16E was recently placed at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater — which is adjacent to the Saint Petersburg–Clearwater Airport. See the 1964 film, Flight from Ashiya, for great flying shots (both external and internal) of a USAF Air Rescue Service HU-16 Albatross.

USCG Warning — photo by Joseph May

USCG warning, making photography of this HU-16 an over-the-fence endeavour — photo by Joseph May

Grumman HU-16E Albatross — photo by Joseph May

USCG Grumman HU-16E Albatross through the wire — photo by Joseph May

Grumman HU-16E Albatross — photo by Joseph May

Grumman HU-16E Albatross aircraft were amphibious with twin engines and radar — photo by Joseph May

Grumman HU-16E Albatross — photo by Joseph May

Closer view of the Grumman HU-16E Albatross cockpit (note the dorsal escape hatch) — photo by Joseph May

Grumman HU-16E Albatross — photo by Joseph May

Grumman HU-16E Albatross photographed using a slight warp in the chain link fence — photo by Joseph May

Grumman HU-16E Albatross — photo by Joseph May

Grumman HU-16E Albatross  details of the wing float and pylon assembly as well as external fuel tank — photo by Joseph May

 

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  1. 21 January 2015 06:03

    An exquisite design..always liked it…looked up the “bird” in flight after looking at these images…and the similarity in that design is both revealing and beautiful!…Happy New Year! Looking fwd to another year of interesting blogs and learning more!..thanks

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