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Canadian Warplanes 5: Grumman CSR-110 Albatross

Grumman CSR-110 Albatross

Data current to 2 March 2021.

 (DND Photo via Chris Charland)

Grumman CSR-110 Albatross, RCAF (Serial No. 9302). 

The Grumman CSR-110 Albatross is a large twin-radial engine amphibious flying boat flown by the RCAF as a search and rescue aircraft.  

On 23 April 1966, an RCAF Albatross (Serial No. 9302) serving with No. 121 Composite Unit (KU) at RCAF Station Comox, British Columbia, crashed on the Hope Slide near Hope, BC.  It was the only RCAF Albatross loss.  Five of the six crew members died (Squadron Leader J. Braiden, Flying Officer Christopher J. Cormier, Leading Aircraftsman Robert L. McNaughton, Flight Lieutenant Phillip L. Montgomery, and Flight Lieutenant Peter Semak).  Flying Officer Bob Reid was the sole survivor. A portion of the wreckage is still visible.

Grumman CSR-110 Albatross (10), (Serial Nos. 9301-9310).

 (Bill Larkins Photo)

Grumman CSR-110 Albatross, RCAF (Serial No. (9305), visiting NAS San Diego, California, Jan 1967.  

(RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Grumman CSR-110 Albatross, RCAF (Serial No. 9302). taxiing for take-off at Rockcliffe.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Grumman CSR-110 Albatross, and Piasecki H-21 Workhorse, RCAF Rescue aircraft.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Grumman CSR-110 Albatross formation takeoff near Picton, Ontario.

 (DND Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Grumman CSR-110 Albatross, RCAF (Serial No. 9301), entering the water, possibly at Patricia Bay, British Columbia.

 (DND Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Grumman CSR-110 Albatross, RCAF (Serial No. 9301), leaving the water, possibly at Patricia Bay, British Columbia.

 (DND Photo via Fred Paradie)

Grumman CSR-110 Albatross, RCAF (Serial No. 9301), off Gabriola Island British Columbia.  9301 is manoeuvring in the water near shore with a crew member sticking out of the nose hatch.  Note the rear side door is open and you can see the MLG wheel under the water in the extended position.  The Albatross was unique in that it had reversible pitch propellers.  In this photo you can see both of the propeller blades are in reverse, and the ‘prop wash’ in the water is forward of the engine.  Photo taken ca May 1964.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Grumman CSR-110 Albatross, RCAF (Serial No. (9309).

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Grumman CSR-110 Albatross, RCAF (Serial No. (9310).

 (DND Photo via Francois Dutil)

Grumman CSR-110 Albatross, RCAF, with triphibian gear.  There are outrigger skis on the floats, and although it is not visible in this photo, there is a large extendable ski on the hull.  All Canadian Albatrosses were triphibian-capable.

(DND Photo via James Craik)

Grumman CSR-110 Albatross, RCAF (Serial No. (9301).

 (Ken Fielding Photo)

Grumman CSR-110 Albatross, RCAF (Serial No. 9305), 27 May 1967.

 (Ken Fielding Photo)

Grumman CSR-110 Albatross, RCAF (Serial No. 9301), 27 May 1967.

 (RCAF Photo)

Grumman CSR-110 Albatross, RCAF (Serial No. 9301), coming out of the water at Patricia Bay, British Columbia.

 (DND Photo via Chris Charland)

Grumman CSR-110 Albatross (Serial No. 9304), No. 102 Composite Unit (KU), based at RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario, seen here visiting RCAF Station Goose Bay c1963 or 1963.  9304 was struck off strength from the Canadian Armed Forces on 17 Dec 1970.  It was then acquired by Grumman on 19 Aug 1971, and converted it into a civilianized Model G-111.  (Chris Charland)