Nine versions of this aeroplane were built for the US Navy and Coast Guard, the first appearing for the Navy in 1933 as the JF-1, powered by a 521.6kW Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp engine. This was followed by the JF-2 Coast Guard version, powered by a 559kW Wright Cyclone radial, and the JF-3. A number of JF-2s were also delivered to Argentina. By the beginning of 1941 about 115 JF and J2F-1 to J2F-4 Ducks were in service as general/utility amphibians for photographic, target-towing, scouting and rescue work. These were followed by J2F-5s and J2F-6s, the latter produced in 1944 by the Columbia Aircraft Corporation of Valley Stream, Long Island, under licence from Grumman, bringing the total number of JF/J2Fs built to over 600.
| ENGINE||1 x Wright R-1820-54, 660kW|
| Take-off weight||2400-3500 kg||5291 - 7716 lb|
| Empty weight||1860 kg||4101 lb|
| Wingspan||11.9 m||39 ft 1 in|
| Length||10.4 m||34 ft 1 in|
| Height||4.3 m||14 ft 1 in|
| Wing area||37.5 m2||403.65 sq ft|
| Max. speed||250 km/h||155 mph|
| Cruise speed||200 km/h||124 mph|
| Ceiling||7100 m||23300 ft|
| Range w/max.fuel||600 km||373 miles|
| Range w/max.payload||400 km||249 miles|
| ARMAMENT||3 machine-guns, 100-150kg of bombs|
Note: the photo at the top of the page is of the original prototype, which is why the shape of the tail fin and engine cowling are slightly different from those seen on later versions of this airplane.
Not the most glamorous airplane, but certainly a highly successful one, in production for at least a dozen years. When Grover Loening's company was bought out in the late 1920s, one of his former employees, Leroy Grumman, remained in Long Island and started his own aircraft manufacturing firm. Loening generously allowed Grumman to use his patented design for a float incorporating a retractable landing gear, which Grumman developed to create this highly-successful series of utility amphibians. Compare this plane with the 1920s Loening "Air Yacht", shown elsewhere in this web site.
|Steve Pettit, 09.12.2010|
Do you know of anyone who makes a Model Radio Control Kit of the Grumman Duck ?
|William G. Hoenig, 06.03.2010|
This is to correct a previous statement. I was not assigned nor attached to the 10th Rescue Squadron at Elemendorf Field in Alaska. I was assigned to the 8th Signal Radio Maintainance Team and the 331st Air Repair Squadron, which was part of the Alaskan Air Depot, from October 1947 till March 1949.
|Vince Williams, 17.01.2010|
June of 1943 I became Plane Captain of a J2F2, It had about 1800 hours on it B4 it was majored at Ford Island,I had just transfered from Ford Island to Hilo on the big Island,It was our Ready Duty Plane,I flew the rear seat on several rescue missions,old but dependable.
|William E. Sabin, 08.12.2009|
When I was stationed on the USS Atlanta, CL-104 in 1946, we had one of these planes aboard. A Commodore, aboard, and several others, flew it quite often. I frequently operated the HF radio in the rear of the cockpit. I remember flying over Hiroshima in the Spring of 1946.
|William G. Hoenig, 03.05.2008|
In the spring of 1948 one of these a/c was assigned to the 10th Air Rescue Sqd at Elemdorf Field in Alaska.
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