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