Grumman HU-16C N7025J was delivered to US Navy as BuNo 131910 on July 22, 1953 and assigned to NAS Bermuda. It was retired to MASDC as UU0045 on July 13, 1970. It remained in open storage until 1980. Allied Aircraft Sales Inc. of Tucson acquired it on behalf of Grumman Aerospace Corpation of St Augustine, Florida on February 17, 1981.
Air Crane Inc. of Opa Locka, Florida registered it as N7025J in December 1988. It has been registered to Stephen Ritland of Flagstaff. Arizona since June 13, 1989. It was damaged in a landing incident at Sedona, Arizona on September 26, 1998.