Our World War II Warbird Widgeon, serial number 1267, was originally USCG V219. It was delivered to the USCG in June of 1942 as one of 25 ambulance Widgeons. The ambulance Widgeons have barn doors on the top of the fuselage to enable stretchers or machine guns. Its military designation was J4F-1. It was declared surplus in December 1946 and given the civil registry of N91040. Howard Morton purchased in April of 1947 for $5,000. In 1964 it was sold to Kodiak Airways in Alaska where it remained until 1976. It got converted to a Dean Franklin Super Widgeon in 1967 with Continental IO-470M engines. The Dean Franklin Widgeons are significantly faster (15-20kts) than most IO-470 Widgeons. This one struck a rock landing in Portage Lake in Alaska in 1972 and suffered some damage which was repaired and the plane went back into service. In 1985 the plane was completely disassembled and repaired due to extensive corrosion. It was converted to Continental IO470E engines at that time. In 2019 it was bought by Tim Pope of Natron Air to be used for fishing trips and bear viewing trips. Tim made some nice upgrades. New engines, windows, Garmin radios, L3 ADSB transponder, overhauled engines, and props. WaterWings bought the plane in June of 2020. We made an epic journey to Soldotna, Alaska to inspect and buy the aircraft. We flew it home via the ALCAN highway. Some of those pictures are above. Our Widgeon has a max gross weight increase to 5500lbs on land and 5200lbs on water. The engines are 260hp each. There are 6 seats in this airplane. More Photos and info available at flyingboatsforsale.com
1942 Grumman Widgeon G44. Gross wgt increase. Warbird for the USCD V219.
This is a Dean Franklin conversion, It is much faster than most Widgeons.
It was an ambulance airplane in the war. It has double doors on the top of the airplane for stretcher access.
This is a 6 seat widgeon. Most are 5.
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