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  J2F-4 Duck Bureau Number 1649  
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Derek Johnson 2005

Aircraft History
Grumman built aircraft. It was stationed at NAS Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and survived the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and Oahu. This aircraft remained in service for the rest of the war.

Post War
Sold surplus and started hauling fish in the Bahamas. It was crashed in 1955 in the Bahamas and recovered from a lake in the early 1990s.

Restoration
Restored by Wichita Air Services Inc. / Warbird Division. The Duck carries the same markings as it did on December 7, 1941.  That of a utility squadron, with tail hook removed, as it was land based.

Derek Johnson adds:
"The company I work for has just finished a seven year restoration of a Grumman J2F-4 Duck. This is the only known flying example of the Grumman built Ducks. All that you see flying or in museums are J2F-6 models. This particular J2F-6 serial no. 1649. We are proud to say that we received Reserve Grand Champion honors at Oshkosh and we love to see it fly. If anyone has info about this particular Duck we would be pleased to know as much as possible. We have all the military service records but not much once it was civil registered."

References
Air Classics Magazine volume 41 number 9 article about this aircraft

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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