As a successor for the JRF Goose, Grumman developed the G-64 design of what was to become the UF-1 Albatross. The maiden flight of the XJR2F-1 took place on 24 October 1947. The designation JR stood for Utility Transport.
After some redesignations from JR2F-1 to PF-1 (Patrol Aircraft) the Albatross was finally designated UF-1 (Utility Aircraft). One UF-1 was ski-equipped (UF-1L) for use in the Antarctic, five were updated to UF-1T standard with dual controls for training purposes. The US Air Force used Albatrosses under the designation SA-16A.
In 1957, the Navy increased the UF-1's wingspan by 16.5 ft, modified the leading edge chambers, enlarged the ailerons and enlarged the fin and rudders. The new Albatross was designated UF-2. In 1962 the designation changed into HU-16D.
Finally, two prototypes, 69 UF-1/-1Ts, one UF-1L, 41 UF-1Gs and 17 UF-2s were built by Grumman.
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