A wooden Grumman G-44 Widgeon amphibian plane. Mr. Sarosi modeled three different versions of the Grumman G-44 Widgeon, including this one with radial engines. Though originally designed for civilian service, the plane was produced from 1941 to 1955 and saw service as a scout plane during WWII. It was later used by the Coast Guard.
This aircraft model was made by former Air Force pilot Ralph Sarosi. Ralph flew a large number of different aircraft over his career, from a P-51 after WWII to fighter jets. He flew chase planes when the Space Shuttle landed at Edwards AFB, so his career spanned from propellers to spacecraft. Mr. Sarosi’s aircraft models are carved from wood and expertly painted. They were purchased and collected by R/C flyer Joe Bridi, who eventually donated them to the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum where they are now on display.