Grumman J2F Duck

The Grumman Duck J2F was a single-engine biplane amphibious aircraft by 1937. It originally had the factory designation G- fourth

The aircraft was used by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard as a search and rescue aircraft, reconnaissance aircraft and the target representation. They were employed by both land bases and aircraft carriers.


The J2F was a further development of the JF, the prototype flew in 1933 and 1936, the U.S. Navy reached. The J2F -1 went in 1937 with a more powerful 760 hp ( 559 kW) Wright R -1820 radial engine in series. In total there were six variants of J2F ( J2F - 1 to J2F -6).

The last variant J2F -6 with 1,050 hp Wright R -1820 -54 radial engine was built in 1940/41. A total of 567 specimens of all variants were produced. The last machines were still in use until 1955.


The two-seater biplane had a large central float, as well as 2 small float on the wing tips. The landing gear was retractable.

Military user

  • Argentine Navy
  • Mexican Navy: U.S. Navy used some J2F -6 after the war
  • United States Army Air Forces
  • United States Coast Guard
  • United States Marine Corps
  • United States Navy
  • Peruvian Navy: some ex - USN.


Exhibited aircraft

  • National Museum of Naval Aviation, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida
  • United States Air Force Museum. Wright - Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum, San Diego, California
  • Planes of Fame Museum, Chino (California )