The eight-seat Grumman
Goose JRF-6 led to development of smaller, cheaper version that came to be known as the Grumman Widgeon. This type was acquired by the
U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guard under the designation J4F in 1941.
In August 1942 the crew of a Widgeon scored the first Coast Guard kill of an enemy submarine when a Widgeon stationed in Louisiana sank the German U-166 off of the Passes of Mississippi River.
Grumman G-44/J4F Widgeon
|Crew:||Pilot, Co-pilot, plus 3 passengers|
|Armament:||One 325 lb. depth charge|
|Length:||31 Feet 1 inch|
|Height:||11 Feet 5 inches|
|Wingspan:||40 Feet 0 inch|
|Wing area:||245 Square Feet|
|Max Weight:||4500 Pounds max at takeoff|
|Number of Engines:||Two|
|Powerplant:||Ranger L-440C-5 inline engine|
|Horsepower:||200 hp each|
|Cruise Speed:||138 mph|
|Max Speed:||153 mph|
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