Grumman G-65 Tadpole
|Role||Recreational Amphibious Aircraft|
|First flight||7 December 1944|
The Grumman G-65 Tadpole was an American prototype light amphibian designed and built by Grumman. Only one was built and it did not enter production. It was later developed into a family of amphibious aircraft by David Thurston.
Design and development
Part of a project by Grumman to find types to produce once World War II had ended, the G-65 Tadpole was designed by a team under the direction of Hank Kurt. The Tadpole was a two or three-seat shoulder-wing cantilever monoplane with retractable tricycle landing gear. It was powered by a 125 hp (93 kW) Continental C125 engine above the rear fuselage driving a pusher propeller. Kurt first flew the Tadpole on 7 December 1944. Although not developed by Grumman, one of the design team, David Thurston, later developed the design into a family of amphibians including the Colonial Skimmer and Lake Buccaneer.
- Related development
- Related lists
- Orbis 1985, p. 2037
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
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