Columbia XJL-1 - Pima ASM, Tucson, AZ
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member kb7ywl
N 32° 08.357 W 110° 51.942
12S E 512666 N 3555881
Quick Description: Columbia XJL-1 BuNo 31400
Location: Arizona, United States
Date Posted: 3/9/2012 11:44:39 AM
Waymark Code: WMDYGN
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Sieni
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Long Description:
The Columbia XJL was a large single-engined amphibian aircraft, designed by Grumman Aircraft but built by the Columbia Aircraft Corp. It was intended to replace the Grumman J2F Duck but the type did not reach production status.

The Grumman J2F Duck biplane amphibian had successfully served the US Navy (USN) in quantity from late 1934 onwards. The final 330 examples were built in 1941/42 under sub-contract by the Columbia Aircraft Corp, retaining the J2F-6 designation.

At the end of World War II, Grumman completed a major re-design of the aircraft for the USN as a Wright R-1820-56 powered monoplane amphibian. The new design was turned over to the Columbia Aircraft Corporation for development and construction so that Grumman could focus on the production of fighter aircraft for the USN.

The aircraft strongly resembles the J2F Duck, except for its monoplane layout, and has been referred to as a "single-winged Duck". It is, however, a completely new design.

The USN ordered three XJL-1 experimental aircraft from Columbia, with the first being used for destructive strength testing on the ground. The remaining two airframes, assigned USN BuAer Nos 31399 and 31400, were delivered to the Navy's test establishment at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, MD for evaluation in 1946.

The two aircraft tested at Patuxent River were found to have repeated structural failures of various components and testing was abandoned on 21 September 1948. The aircraft were deleted from the USN inventory in February 1949. No further orders were placed for production of the JL design.

Source: Wikipedia
Type of Aircraft: (make/model): Columbia XJL-1

Tail Number: (S/N): BuNo 31400

Construction:: original aircraft

Location (park, airport, museum, etc.): Located in hangar 1S at Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, AZ

inside / outside: inside

Other Information::
Pima Air & Space Museum 6000 E Valencia Rd Tucson, Arizona 85756 Phone 520-574-0462 Open 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily Last admittance at 4:00 PM $15.50-Adults $12.50-Pima Co Residents $12.75-Seniors $ 9.00-Children FREE---Children 6 & under $ 7.00-AMARG $13.50-Group Rate

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