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N86609 1946 G44A
Grumman Widgeon McDermott Conversion w/ Continental IO-470s

Widgeon History


The Widgeon was developed in 1940 as a smaller version of the venerable G-21 Goose.   Grumman felt that there was a need for a smaller executive transport plane needed.   Its FAA Type certificate A-734 as 5 PCL-AmFbM.   This means that it is a 5 Place cabin amphibian monoplane.  The type certificate was issued on April 5, 1941, as a G44.   The widgeon was quickly pressed into service in World War II as an Army OA-14 and a Navy J4F-2.   The G44A was approved in October of 1945.    Widgeons served as observation planes and sub hunters.   They would carry 200lb depth charges for submarine hunting and could be armed with guns as well.   Widgeons have served in militaries all over the world.   The Royal Navy called them Goslings.   The French produced a number of Widgeons called SCAN-30s under license.   Overall, Grumman produced 276 Widgeons including 176 for the military and 76 G44A models.  The French built 41 SCAN-30s.  After the war, Grumman improved the hull by deepening the "V" on the forward hull to improve water handling.

Widgeons were originally equipped with Ranger 200hp engines and wooden fixed-pitch propellors.   This combination was not a great performer, especially on one engine.   After the war lighter and more powerful engines were available and most widgeons have been converted.   Notable conversions include the 240hp Continental 0-470, the 260hp Continental IO-470, Lycoming GO-435 and GO-480Continental IO-520Lycoming TIO-540, and even round Lycoming 680-13 engines.


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Our Widgeon Specifics

N86609 1946 Grumman G44a Widgeon S/N 1435

Aircraft Total Time 11543+

Annual 10/23

Left Engine (IO-470) SMOH 782

Right Engine (IO-470) SMOH 281 


-Garmin GTN-650txi Nav/Com 1

-KX-155 Nav/Com 2

-Garmin 345 Audio Panel (w/Bluetooth)

-Garmin GTX-345 Transponder (ADSB in/out)

-GI-275 PFD

-GI-275 HSI

-GGR-30 Engine Monitors (Left/Right/Combo)​

Dual Yokes

Engines Continental IO-470D

Metallized Wings and Flaps

LED Landing and NAV Lights

5 Place Interior

1946 Grumman G44-A Widgeon TT 11542 McDermott Conversion Continental IO-470 engines at 260hp. Very nice flying aircraft. Garmin GI-275 attitude and HSI. 3 CGR-30s for Engine Instruments, Garmin GTN-650/KX-155, GTX-345 Transponder, Garmin 345 audio panel with USB and Bluetooth. McCauley 3 Blade Props. Originally owned by the Link Corporation. Later by McDermott where is was converted to IO-470s. Own and fly a piece of history. Widgeons are known for their ruggedness and hauling capacity. Equipped with Rare dual yokes.

Price $350,000

Located at KEET, just south of Birmingham, AL



Nice Widgeon Takeoff

Nice Widgeon Takeoff

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