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1953 Grumman Albatross
1953 Grumman HU-16 Albatross

Location: Western USA
  • Total Time: 3527 hours
  • Engines: Wright 1820-76
    • L: 304 hrs. SMOH
    • R: 847 hrs. SMOH

  • Props: Heated, Nickel Plated, Reversing
    • L: 304 hrs. SPOH
    • R: 847 hrs. SPOH

  • Next Annual Due: Within 6 Months
1953 Grumman Albatross - Cockpit
Equipment & Features:
  • Three Heavy Duty 28 v. aircraft batteries with individual charging/switching
  • Honda 3KW 115 v. Generator
  • Heart 3KW 115 v. <->28vDC iniverter/charger with control panel
  • Six Marine Bilge Pumps for each bilge compartment and shower bilge
  • Marine flushing toilet with 30 gal. waste tank and quantity indicator, including macerator pump and pump-out system
  • 40 gal. Fresh Water Tank with distribution pump for galley and restroom sink
  • Marine depth sounder with cockpit display
  • A28450 Pendulum Sextant (original, OH) with overhead mount
  • Two digital graphic 9 cyl. JP Engine Monitors with voltmeter, oil temp.
  • Two 115 v. 300 W. engine oil heating pads with generator-feed and control
  • Two Quilted engine covers
  • Pneumatic airframe de-ice system with variable controller
  • Alcohol windshield de-ice and water windshield washing system
  • Pitot heat
  • Anchor light strobe on vertical stabilizer
  • Two Custom Daron Clean Kit oil scavenge systems (for each engine)
  • Two Wingtip Strobe systems
  • Two Engine Oil Quantity probes and displays
  • Hydraulic reservoir quantity probe and display
  • Custom instrument pane with instrument edge lighting
  • "Coolie Hat" electric trim on control wheel
  • Custom warning light panel
  • GPS RS-232 output jack for laptop moving map at Navigator Table
1953 Grumman Albatross - Cockpit


1953 Grumman HU-16 Albatross on takeoff
Avionics:
  • Dual Collins VHR 20A VHF Transceiver with dual head switching
  • Dual Collins VIR-30A VOR/LOC/GS/MKR Receiver with DME Switching
  • Collins TDR-90 Trasnponder with Encoder
  • Collins DME-40 DME with VOR control head channeling
  • Collins ADF-60A ADF with RMI presentation
  • Collins Radar Altimeter with display and FD-112 Interface
  • King KHF-950 HF Receiver with fixed and trailing wire antennas
  • TFM-138 Marine FM VHF receiver with dual channel monitoring
  • SkyPhone airborne radiotelephone with cockpit and cabin call sets
  • Dual Garmin GPS-155 IFR certified GPS receivers
  • Collins FD-112 Flight Director
  • Collins PN-101 Slaved compass HSI system
  • Two Collins Dual RMI Indicators with Nav #1, Nav #2, ADF switching
  • STEC Autopilot with all couplers and heavy duty servos
  • Bendix RDS-81 Digital Color Radar with 12" flat plate antenna and checklist / NAV graphics adapter
  • Argus 7000 moving map display with GPS #1 / #2 switching
  • Three NAT Audio Amp. Switching units with 4 zone intercom, VOX and bow compartment and rest room stations
  • NAT Ext. Loudspeaker Amp. Hailing/Siren unit
  • Shadin Fuel and Air Data Computer with Garmin interface
  • Two Sennheiser electronic ANR lightweight headsets
  • Two Flitetronics PC-17-3 600 VA Inverters
  • Sony AM/FM/CD/MD receiver with 10 disk CD changer and remote
1953 Grumman Albatross - Interior
Interior:
  • Extra radio-operator swivel chair, with added porthole window, in cockpit
  • Custom interior with powder coated gray seats and stretcher racks (for bunks)
  • Custom reading lights and individual ventilation air outlets at each seat
  • Forward club seating group with removable 4-place table with wood trim
  • Water-resistant upholstery
  • Extra soundproofing, cockpit and cabin
  • Marine wooden trim
  • Honeycomb composite lightweight flooring (Boeing)
  • Custom galley with sink, storage cabinets and drawers
  • Restroom with sink, storage
  • All work stands and rescue platform powder coated gray
  • Custom aluminum entry ladder (Grumman duplicate with extra step)
  • Custom aluminum tow bar
  • Custom life raft storage compartment with oil/hydraulic storage
  • Oxygen outlets at all seats, and 7 cylinder extended-range oxygen system
  • Metallic sun shades for all windows
  • Removable mosquito netting for all doors and hatches
  • Life preservers under each seat in Velcro pouch
Interior: Very Good
Paint: Very Good - USN Rescue Paint Scheme
Complete Logs: All log books since manufacture, including military
Damage History: None
Comments:
The Albatross was designed and built by Grumman in the late 1940's for Air/Sea search and rescue, air ambulance, antisubmarine patrol, cargo, and transport. The first of about 450 aircraft built entered service in 1949. The Albatross served with the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, and the military services of 17 foreign countries. The last aircraft left Navy service in 1976, and some Albatrosses are still in service abroad.

This aircraft was put into service in 1953, serving in the U.S. and the Caribbean. In 1968 it was placed in storage until purchase by the present owner in 1993. The aircraft had only 3500 hours of flight time, and underwent complete inspection and replacement (IRAN) overhaul only 700 hours prior to her retirement. It was restored to flying condition, and the restoration process was largely completed by 1995. With the exception of modern avionics and instruments, the interior and exterior were generally restored to original condition and configuration. The original medical stretchers are used as bunks. A marine lavatory replaced the spartan Navy head and a small galley was added. This aircraft is in excellent flying condition and ready for service.

UPDATE: The owner has lowered the price from $1.3 Million to $1 Million to Sell This Plane. Call me now!
Price: Reduced to $1 Million
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Updated June 3, 2013. For more information, call Vicki at 828-225-6517
Specifications subject to buyer's verification. Aircraft are subject to prior sale or removal from market. Registration numbers on photos may be altered or removed to protect the privacy of the owner, and to ensure that buyers will work with us to complete the purchase.