W.T. LARKINS COLLECTION
No. 7717. Grumman G-21A Goose (N95431 c/n 1164 ) Bay Valley Air Service
Photographed at the San Francisco Bay, near the Ferry Building, San Francisco, California, USA, October 6, 1947, by W.T. Larkins

Grumman G-21A Goose

04/30/2008. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "Produced as a JRF-6B with USN BuNo. 66336 this aircraft was transferred under Lend-Lease to the RN as a Goose Mk.1A. Originally allocated s/n BW817, this was not taken up. With s/n FP514 it was delivered to the RN in January 1943, and served with 749 Squadron at Piarco, Trinidad. It was returned to the USN after WW II, under the original BuNo.

Came on the civil registry as a G-21A, registered as N95431, and served with Bay Valley Air Service, at San Francisco, before it went to Alaska Coastal Airlines, that became Alaska Coastal-Ellis Airlines in 1962, and Alaska Airlines in 1968. That year it was converted to "Super Goose" when it was fitted with two Pratt & Whitney 580 shp PT6A-20 turboprop engines.

In 1972 it was converted back to the original Pratt and Whitney R-985-AN-1 Wasp Junior radials and served with Kodiak Airways. Sold to Westflight Aviation in 1984, it left the US register in 1987 and became P2-JWB registered to Palau Paradise Air, at Palau, Micronesia, to become RP-C864 at the Philippines in 1990, later VH-MBA in Australia in late 1993 and finally it became DQ-AYL, registered to Yaukuve at the Fiji Islands."

Read the type remarks on page 11601.

Created April 30, 2008