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Tuesday, 12 August 2014 00:00

Grumman HU-16A Albatross MM 51-037, which is currently being assessed for a return to the air at Gorizia, in the extreme north east of Italy. Gregory Alegi    Grumman HU-16A Albatross MM 51-037, which is currently being assessed for a return to the air at Gorizia, in the extreme north east of Italy. Gregory Alegi

After languishing at Gorizia, north east Italy since November 1979, Grumman HU-16A, MM 51-037, is being assessed for a potential airworthy restoration. The new owners, who are known in Italy as operators and restorers of two North American T-6s and a Fairchild F.24, have stated that the full restoration will require sponsorship, and are approaching the task with caution. While the exterior has suffered during 35 years of open storage, a detailed examination showed the structure and systems to be very sound.