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Grumman G-111 Albatross

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Paul Wisgerhof
Grumman "iron" with extended range external fuel tanks.
Bill Bailey
N1955G "Pegasus", the long range tanks were installed prior to hurricane relief supply flights to the Caribbean in 2017, they were left on because N1955G and one other Albatross were going to recreate the flight of NC4 in 2019, 100 years after that famous crossing.
On 25 August 2018, Pegasus struck something in the water upon takeoff 425 miles offshore during a multi-stop aerial surveillance mission just east of the Gulf Stream in the Sargasso Sea. While the crew was uninjured and rescued by a passing freighter, the damage to Pegasus was far greater than could be repaired at sea. The amphibian later succumbed to the damage and sank.
Harry Ellett
Did the military not call this aircraft the SA-16 Albatross?
Harry Ellett
I think the Air Force called it the SA-16 Albatross.
chalet
G-111 was the manufacturer's name I guess
jobeard
G-111 was the manufacturer's (aka Grumman) design number. The SA-16 was the registered aircraft TYPE.

FA frequently makes this mistake for Grumman ( design number vs registered type).
John Rumble
Went for a flight in one a few years back and got to sit in the jump seat. It was only semi- restored so the interior was drab military green and while they had replaced the avionics , the old cloth wrapped wiring was still in place. Experience of a lifetime
hugmi
Actually a HU-16.
Steven Mansur
Is that Jimmy Buffett in the cockpit?
Frank Zelinka
I see some confusion over the designations G-111, SA-16. I was a pilot for Chalk's Airline 1984 - 1986 and the G-111 was going to be a airplane to be sold to other companies. It was a conversion of a SA-16 that included a reduced gross weight than the military flew them at and included a Titanium spar. This was done by Flying Boat Inc. We were owned by Resorts International and later sold to Merv Griffin. A tremendously good and solid aircraft.
jobeard
I don't think the FAA has any G-111 registered
jobeard
Apologies; There is a very specific type G-111 converted from the HU-16 and registered by theFAA

In the early 1980s Chalk's International Airlines owned by Merv Griffin's Resorts International had 13 Albatrosses converted to Standard category as G-111s. This made them eligible to be used in scheduled airline operations. These aircraft had extensive modification from the standard military configuration, including rebuilt wings with titanium wing spar caps, additional doors and modifications to existing doors and hatches, stainless steel engine oil tanks, dual engine fire extinguishing systems on each engine and propeller auto feather systems installed. The G-111s were operated for only a few years and then put in storage in Arizona. Most are still parked there, but some have been returned to regular flight operations with private operators.

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