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BRAZILIAN AIR FORCE FAB * - BRAZILIAN AIR FORCE

15)GRUMANN G 44 WIDGEON


Conceived in 1940 as a by product of the famous Goose, G-21, the Widgeon was adopted by several Air Forces as well as civilian operators. In Brazil 14 of these aircrafts were used by the Brazilian Air Force between 1942 and 1958. FAB used Grumman G 44 for primary training on patrol duties. 


Brazilian Air Force lost 7 aircrafts until the decommissioning of the fleet in 1958. 

05/04/45 FAB 2676 was lost at Belem on Northern Brazil.

30/11/45 FAB 2675 lost with place and details unknown.

19/09/47 FAB 2677 lost at Sao Paulo on Southern Brazil.

19/08/47 FAB 2678 Lost in Rio de Janeiro.

28/02/48 FAB 2670 lost with place and details unknown.

21/04/48 FAB 2667 lost with place and details unknown.

01/09/49 FAB 2674 lost at Belem on Northern Brazil 


General characteristics:   


Crew: one, pilot   


Capacity: 5 passengers   


Length: 31 ft 1 in (9.47 m).  


Wingspan: 40 ft 0 in (12.19 m).   


Height: 11 ft 5 in (3.48 m)  


Wing area: 245 ft² (22.8 m²) 


Empty weight: 3,189 lb (1,470 kg).   


Loaded weight: 4,500 lb (2,041 kg)   


Max takeoff weight: 4,500 lb (2,500 kg)   


Powerplant: 2× Ranger L-440C-5 inverted inline 6-cylinder engines, 200 hp (150 kW) each


Performance:


Maximum speed: 139 kn (160 mph, 257 km/h)   


Range: 800 nmi (920 mi, 1,481 km) 


Rate of climb: 1,000 ft/min (305 m/min)



​Above one Widgeon seen at Galeao Airbase Rio de Janeiro. Photo http://brazilairforce.blogspot.com/2011/03/fab-014-j-4f2-fab-014.html



A rare view of one Widgeon parked. Date and location unknown. Photo. http://castropr.blogspot.com/



Pictures by Museu Aeroespacial-Brasil


 

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