Antilles Seaplanes has experienced problems with its plans to resurrect the Grumman G-21 Goose. The Graham, N.C. company is still working on the program, according to a company spokesman. “We’re like a lot of industries in this economy,” he told AIN.
Grumman G-21A Goose, Thormanby Island, British Columbia, Nov. 16, 2008–The Pacific Coastal Airlines charter flight crashed into a steep hill on the island and exploded. Only one of the eight occupants of the amphibian survived. The flight route was from Vancouver to Powell River to Toba Inlet.
Decades after the last Grumman Goose rolled off the famed manufacturer’s assembly line, the G-21 Goose is nearly ready to come back to life. A company called Antilles Seaplanes, headquartered in Gibsonville, N.C., is resurrecting the Goose and will sell the amphibian as newly manufactured airframes powered by 680-shp (flat-rated) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34 turboprops instead of the Goose’s original Pratt & Whitney radial engines.
The Dubai Creek was once much used by the flying boats of Imperial Airways in the 1930s. Now, by the application of new technology on a tried and trusted design, the prospect of a new era in personalized amphibious flying has opened up. Triple S Aviation of Texas (Stand No. 1032) has teamed with Antilles Seaplanes to offer the G-21 Super Goose.