Form Follows Function

    Walk around the Albatross and you will quickly recognize the purpose behind each engineering solution. A deep high strength hull with super strong outriggers speak to the aircraft’s capabilities on the water, required for rough sea open water search and rescue missions. High wing and horizontal tail placement ensure the flying surfaces are well out of the water. Huge Wright radial engines are canted upwards to keep the engine and the propellers as far from the water as possible, reducing the effects of harmful salt water spray. Large wheels that retract into the vertical sides of the fuselage are an engineering marvel. All these features are blended into an elegant package, with sumptuous curves and flowing lines that provide enormous ramp presence.Gumman SA-16A Albatross (31)