A detailed model of the Grumman HU-16 Albatross, complete with 4 texture sets, US Coast Guard, Civilian, Chili Fuerza, and US Navy. all components, wheels, and doors, rudders are parented and pivoted for animation.
All major surface textures are 2048x2048 in greatest dimension. Color, maps provided. Dashboard controls have their own textures. Photoshop templates for each detail are available for download.
The Grumman HU-16 Albatross is a large twin-radial engine amphibious flying boat. Originally designated SA-16, it was renamed HU-16 in 1962.
The Albatross was designed to be able to land at sea in open ocean situations in order to effect the rescue of downed pilots. Its deep-V cross-section and substantial length helped make it possible for it to land in wavy conditions.
Since it weighs over 12,500 pounds, pilots must have a type rating in order to act as pilot or co-pilot on board the Albatross. There is a yearly Albatross fly-in at Boulder City, Nevada, where Albatross pilots can renew their type ratings.
The lion's share of Albatrosses were used by the U.S. Air Force, primarily by the Air Rescue Service. The USAF utilized the SA-16 extensively in Korea, where it gained a reputation as a rugged and seaworthy craft. Later, the HU-16B (long-wing variant) Albatross was used by the U.S. Air Force's Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service in the Vietnam conflict. The HU-16D Albatross was used for United States Navy Search And Rescue and 'skunk runs' on Guam during the Vietnam War at NAS Agana. Goodwill flights were also common to the surrounding Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands in the early 1970s. Open water landing and takeoff training using JATO was conducted frequently at Apra Harbor, Guam. The aircraft was also operated by the United States Coast Guard for many years.
In 1970, Conroy Aircraft marketed a remanufactured HU-16A with Dart turboprop engines as the Conroy Turbo Albatross, but only the single prototype (registration N16CA) was ever built.