Developed from the 1930s Grumman JF-1, the
Duck was a general utility seaplane powered by
an 850 hp Wright
R-1820-50. Despite all that power it was still a bit
of a dog, performance-
although some Ducks performed heroically, especially in the Pacific
theater during WW II.
A handful made their way onto the
civilian market. I shot this image of the former BuAer 33549
at Long Beach in 1962.
It is currently still flying, I believe, and is now owned by Kermit
in Florida, suitably
adorned, of course, as a "warbird".
The shot below, from Grumman Aircraft,
and taken at Bethpage in the 1940s, depicts an earlier
destined for the Argentine Navy, although devoid of identtiy other than
the national insignia.
I include it since it illustrates the
main features of this unusual (a polite way of saying "ugly") bird.