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The Grumman Guardian was the largest single engine aircraft ever flown by the U.S. Navy.
The model AF2W Grumman Guardian had a crew of four and was unarmed. It had an ocean search radar. This was the submarine hunter aircraft.
The model AF2S Grumman Guardian was the submarine killer. It had a crew of three. It had a search light, a short range radar, and could carry 4,000 lbs.of ordnance including depth charges, rockets and homing torpedoes.
Grumman Guardian aircraft saw limited action off the cost of Korea from 1951 to 1953. After they were retired from active duty in 1955, some Grumman Guardian aircraft were equipped with an 800 gallon tank in their bellies to be used as water bombers.
Total Grumman Guardian production was 389 aircraft with the last one produced in March of 1953.
Grumman Guardian built by Roger Lamb.
The Grumman Guardian makes an unusual and unique RC Airplane. It appears to be more popular as a control line model than a radio control airplane. These usually can be converted into RC Airplanes.
In the first pictures above and below are of the Grumman Guardian from Jerry Bates Plans. The model in the picture above was built by Roger Lamb. The rc airplane in the first picture below was built by Bill Lattam.
Both Grumman Guardian aircraft have 112" wingspans and 81.5" lengths. Power can come from 5.0 c.i.d. engines. The all up weight is from 40 to 45 lbs.
Kit Cutters has a kit of the 112" wing span Grumman Guardian from Jerry Bates Plans.
The second picture below is of the Grumman Guardian built by Frank Randazzo from Scale Plans and Photo Service plans. It has a wing span of 80". Power comes from an Evo 35GT engine swinging a 19 x 8 propeller. All up weight is 18.5 lbs.
The last picture on this page is a Grumman Guardian from a kit sold by Brodak. It has a wingspan of 42 1/2" and a length of 30". Power can be from .32 to .36 engines. Most C/L airplanes can easily be converted to rc.
If you know of any other Grumman Guardian, or you have built one yourself, please email us with the information.