|Manufacturer||Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation|
|Maiden Flight||2 April 1936|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseJ2F Duck biplanes were delivered by aircraft production firm Grumman to the United States Navy in 1936. After the Pacific War began in Dec 1941, production was transferred to the Columbia Aircraft Corporation in New York, United States in order to free up Grumman's production capacity for combat aircraft. They were used by all four branches of the United States military, Navy, Army, Marines, and Coast Guard, serving in a wide variety of roles including scouting, anti-submarine, and air-sea rescue. After the war in 1948, several surplus US Navy J2F Duck aircraft were converted for use by the United States Air Force in the air-sea rescue role with the designation of OA-12.
ww2dbaseDuring the design's production life, 584 J2F Duck aircraft were built, 330 of which were by Columbia.
ww2dbaseIn terms of sales beyond the US border, Argentina purchased four G-15 aircraft to J2F-4 specification and twenty G-20 machines to JF-2 specification, Columbia purchased three ex-USAAF OA-12 aircraft, and Mexico purchased two ex-USN J2F-6 aircraft.
Last Major Revision: Jun 2011
J2F Duck Timeline
|2 Apr 1936Â||J2F Duck aircraft took its first flight; deliveries were made to the United States Navy later on the same day.|
|Machinery||One Wright R-1820-54 nine-cylinder radial engine rated at 900hp|
|Armament||1x7.62mm .30cal Browning machine gun on flexible mount, 295kg of bombs or depth charges|
|Wing Area||38.00 mÂ²|
|Weight, Empty||2,485 kg|
|Weight, Loaded||3,496 kg|
|Speed, Maximum||304 km/h|
|Speed, Cruising||248 km/h|
|Service Ceiling||6,100 m|
|Range, Normal||1,255 km|
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