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The Grumman Goose in Alaska

While Canada geese fly in V-formation, getting ready to fly south from Alaska, it seems a good time tor review the history of a human-made one, the Grumman Goose.

The Grumman Goose is an amphibious plane, originally designed in 1937 for flying New York millionaires. It soon caught on for Coast Guard and other military purposes. The ability to take off and land on water then drive up onto land was attractive in places like Alaska. Grumman Goose planes (“Geese”?) were used in private commuter services such as Alaska Air Transport and Kodiak Airways, as well as military branches and the Alaska Fish and Game. Although they were only manufactured until 1945, some are still being flown today.

For more about the Grumman Goose, check out Goose Central 

(http://grummangoosecentral.homestead.com/index.html) 

or the Alaska Aviation Museum 

(http://www.alaskaairmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/1943-grumman-g-21a-goose/).

Here are some photos of the Alaska Aviation Museum’s Goose, and a privately owned one that was featured in the Museum’s recent anniversary party.

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3 Comments

  • Dave Marion

    The Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum’s data on display for the Goose is wrong. The wingspan listed on the plaque is 50 ft. 10 in. but THAT is the extended wingspan of a Goose modified with McKinnon’s reteactable wingtip floats. An original, unmodified Goose as built by Grumman has a wingspan of exactly 49 feet.

  • David Marion

    Also… their plaque says as well that its “capacity” is 2 crew and 7 passengers, but according to its official FAA type certificate, (ATC-654) it is approved for a total of only 8 seats, including those for the pilot and co-pilot in the cockpit.

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