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SCAN Type 30 Widgeons

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Grumman Widgeon SCAN Type 30 N3N, 1964 sn 16, ex N7912C, later N3TD

2/1/11 - First of all, these photos were taken in Sept. 2003. Let me clarify that registration N3N is now assigned to Grumman Widgeon cn 1471, formerly N1471N, and the N3N pictured here is now N3TD. This is one of the 41 Widgeons built by the French as the SCAN 30, under license from Grumman. It was built in 1948 and first flew in 1964. I remember when a "new" Scan Widgeon was advertised in Trade-A-Plane - - about that many years ago.

Compare this cabin door with other Widgeons. N3N has been modified with a small door which swings up in addition to the main one which swings forward, making a larger opening.
Photo 2 - This is no ordinary Widgeon. (Actually, there is probably not an "ordinary Widgeon" anywhere. Each has been uniquely crafted by its owner.) Someone had done the Gannet conversion on this aircraft, installing Lycoming R680, 300-HP radials. In 1989 Dennis Burke replaced them with the turbocharged, counter-rotating, Lycoming TIO-540-J2BD, 350-HP engines, as used on the Piper Chieftain. By 2003 he had modified six Widgeons.
Photo 3 - Burke also extended the wings by two feet on each side, with a droop type tip.
Photo 4 - Note the spray rail all the way around the front, which is different from some Widgeons. There are many opinions about the optimum spray rail on seaplanes.
Photo 5 - Okay, traffic is clear - - let's see what this thing will do! I saw N3N at the 2003 International Seaplane Fly-In at 52B Greenville Seaplane Base, Moosehead Lake, Greenville, ME.
Photo 6 - Burke said that N3N will get out of the water in six seconds at gross, and will go to 24,000' in 24-minutes! He reports that at 15,000' he trues out at 200-MPH at 50% power. When I think of "Widgeon", I think of water, not 15,000', but I guess that once in a while you do get up there and go somewhere!

Grumman Widgeon SCAN Type 30 N78X, 1949 sn 32, ex N7916C

2/1/11 - Lucky dude! This was a photo waiting to be taken at the 2003, International Seaplane Fly-In, at 52B Greenville Seaplane Base, Moosehead Lake, Greenville, ME.

Photo 2 - No comment needed.

Photo 3 - Another Grumman Widgeon built under license by the French as a Scan Type 30. N78X has 260-HP, Continental IO-470’s. It is basically a Dean Franklin type conversion. Notice how different from N3N the spray rail is around the nose.
Photo 4 - "Power up, wheel in our gut, a stiff right leg - - let's get this bird outa' the water."
Photo 5 - Throwing us a goodby kiss as she gets light in the water.

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