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Grumman J2F Duck

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The Aircraft

After the acceptance of its FF-1 and F2F fighters by the U.S. Navy, Grumman decided to develop a utility amphibian to replace the Loening OL-9.  The prototype XJF-1 first flew in 1933.

Minor changes and a designation change to J2F kept this aircraft in production during World War II and in service into the post-war years.  

The last model, the J2F-6 was built by Columbia Aircraft.

In 1948, the U.S. Air Force acquired several surplus Navy J2Fs  for use in air-sea rescue duties.  These aircraft received the designation OA-12.  In both services, the Grumman product was known as the Duck.

Specifications (J2F-6)





Type: Utility Amphibian
Engine: one 900 hp (671 kW) Wright R-1820-54 Cyclone radial piston engine
G-4: Grumman design number
JF: U.S. Navy utility designation
J2F: U.S. Navy designation for an improved version
OA-12: U.S. Air Force designation

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