Friday, June 8, 2012

Grumman Widgeon

 Grumman G-44 Widgeon
produced 1941-1955, 5 passenger + pilot
twin inverted inline 6-cylinder engines, 200 hp, max speed 160mph

(Off Topic)

This time of year I tend to get "summer home sick" for the east coast green which usually ends up in a bout of childhood nostalgia.
As a kid my uncle Mike was the ultimate outdoorsman, backpacking, hunting & fishing excursions were the norm & a lot of the time the preferred mode of transportation was a Grumman Widgeon which he co owned with a good friend.
I was fortunate enough to enjoy a few flights in the Widgeon, some day trips landing on Chautauqua Lake & a couple of long flights to fish in Quebec at Beauchene's 40 lakes.
It was years later that upon landing the plane hit a log hidden underwater, went end over end & ended up at the bottom of one of those 40 lakes. 
Mike & friend were cut up and broke a couple bones but made it out alive.
I always thought water landings & take offs were super fun of course I wasn't the one trying to dodge sailing enthusiasts & ski boats.

1 comment:

Phil said...

I love me some floatplanes!!

I used to fly Dehavilland Beavers on floats in the Northwest Territories arctic. Well that was until I crashed a Cessna 185 floatplane in a remote freezing cold river. I was lucky to make it out alive, a couple of my passengers drowned...

Bikes are always a nice way to forget everything, and they almost fly. Keep up the good work!!