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-480, Continental IO-520, Lycoming TIO-540, and even round Lycoming 680-13 engines.
Our Widgeon Specifics
N86638 1946 Grumman G44a Widgeon S/N 1464
Aircraft Total Time 18000+
Annual In Process
Transponder Done 4/22
Left Engine (IO-470 Factory OH) SMOH 0
Right Engine (IO-470 Factory OH) SMOH 0
Left Prop SMOH 0
Right Prop SMOH 0
-KX-155 Nav 2
-King Auto Panel
-King KT-76 Transponder