|Albatross N7025N carries US Navy markings for its career on the airshow circuit.|
|Grumman developed the Albatross amphibian as a result of its
experience gained with the Goose of World War II.
The G-64 aircraft that emerged when design work started in 1944 was larger and with greater range. The prototype first flew on October 24, 1947. Notable design features included racks under the outer wings that could carry weapons or long range tanks. The aircraft had a crew of four and could carry ten passengers.
The US Navy used the designation UF1 and UF2 for a modified version introduced in 1955. This had greater span, a cambered wing leading edge and better-icing boots.
After the the-service rationalisation of designations in 1962 the UF1 and 2 became the HU-16C and D. The USAF used the aircraft for rescue missions, the majority of its 305 serving with the MATS Air Rescue Service under the designation SA16A.
The type entered widespread service with military air arms around the world. Canada called its aircraft CSR110s. It soldiered on with several operators into the 1980s and also saw limited airline service. Chalks operated several in Florida but the type's fuel hungry Wright radial piston engines precluded wider use. Conroy developed a Rolls-Royce Dart powered version but it failed to win any orders.
Today, dozens fly on with private owners in the US, both as executive aircraft and as warbirds on the airshow circuit.