The success of the eight-seat Grumman Goose led to development of smaller, cheaper version that came to be known as the Grumman Widgeon. The type was acquired by the USAAC in 1942 under the designation OA-14, and by the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard under the designation J4F. In August 1942 a Widgeon scored the first Coast Guard kill of an enemy submarine when a J4F stationed in Louisiana sank the U-166 off of the Passes of Mississippi.
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can be found at Wikipedia
(updated February 2009)
Grumman G-44/J4F Widgeon
Type: transport/coastal/anti-submarine aircraft Crew: 2, plus 3 passengers Armament: one 325 lb. depth charge Specifications: Length: 31' 1" (9.47 m) Height: 11' 5" (3.48 m) Wingspan: 40' 0" (12.19 m) Wing area: 245 sq. ft (22.76 sq. m) Empty Weight: 3189 lb (1447 kg) Max Weight: 4500 lb (2041 kg) max at takeoff Propulsion: No. of Engines: 2 Powerplant: Ranger L-440C-5 inline engine Horsepower: 200 hp each Performance: Range: 920 miles (1481 km) Cruise Speed: 138 mph ( 222 km/h) Max Speed: 153 mph ( 246 km/h) Ceiling: 14,600 ft (4450 m)
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