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The Grumman HU-16 Albatross (ICAO: U16 / WAKE: MEDIUM) is a large twin–radial engine amphibious flying boat. Created in Second Life by Amok Dynamics, the aircraft was based on the real-life HU-16 Albatross developed by Grumman.
The real-life Grumman HU-16 Albatross was used by the U.S. Air Force (USAF), the U.S. Navy (USN) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), primarily as a search and rescue and combat search and rescue aircraft. Originally designated as the SA-16 for the USAF and the JR2F-1 and UF-1 for the USN and USCG, it was re-designated as the HU-16 in 1962.
An improvement of the design of the Grumman Mallard, the Albatross was developed to land in open ocean situations to rescue downed pilots. Its deep-V cross-section and substantial length enable it to land in the open sea. The Albatross was designed for optimal 4 ft seas, and could land in more severe conditions, but required JATO for take-off in 8-10 ft seas or greater.
AMOK Dynamics' recreation of the HU-16 Albatross features a pilot's heads-up display (HUD), working rear door, retractable landing gear, animated flaps, right/left engine controls, and five paint schemes. The Albatross is the only civilian aircraft to have been manufactured by AMOK prior to the formation of their civilian subsidiary Adventure Air.
- Pilot's heads-up display (HUD) attachment.
- Independent engine start-up.
- Animated components (control surfaces, landing gear, propellers, hatches).
- Five liveries included.