G-65 Tadpole
Role Recreational amphibian
Manufacturer Grumman
First flight 7 December 1944
Number built 1
Variants Colonial Skimmer

The Grumman G-65 Tadpole was an American prototype light amphibian designed and built by Grumman.[1] Only one was built and it did not enter production. It was later developed into a family of amphibious aircraft by David Thurston.[1]

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.[1] The Tadpole was a two or three-seat shoulder-wing cantilever monoplane with retractable tricycle landing gear.[1] It was powered by a 125 hp (93 kW) Continental C125 engine above the rear fuselage driving a pusher propeller.[1] Kurt first flew the Tadpole on 7 December 1944.[1] The G-65 Tadpole postwar was not put into production for numerous reasons, those to include; the over anticipation of a private aviation market, less costly military surplus aircraft, and the inability to compete in the amphibious aircraft market.[2] 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.[1]


Data from Grumman Aircraft since 1929[3]

General characteristics


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Related development

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g Orbis 1985, p. 2037
  2. ^ Visschedijk, 2013
  3. ^ Francillon 1989, pp. 260–262