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Grumman G21 Goose

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Specifications & Limitations

Length 38.4 ft (11.7 m)
Wingspan 49.0 ft (14.95 m)
Range 640 mi (1,287 km)
Passenger Capacity 6-7
Freight Capacity Unknown
Cruise Speed (SL) 195 mph (314 km/hr)
Service Ceiling 24,000 ft (7,315 m)
Weight Empty 5,425 lbs (2.461 kg)
Max Takeoff Weight
8,000 lbs (3,629 kg)
Notes:

With its modern, mid-thirties amphibious design, the Grumman Goose could land on either a runway or on water - and do it in style. Expressly built for the civilian market, the twin-engine Goose represented a departure, of sorts, for the Grumman aircraft company, which had established itself as a specialist in naval aviation for the U.S. Navy. In fact, the Goose was the company's first commercial design - and on every count was considered a success.

It was known for its efficiency and reliability - two traits that have helped it become a classic amphibian aircraft. But its modern, aerodynamic profile also caught many an aviator's eye and helped cement its reputation as a classic. Even today the 60-year-old design has a distinctive air of modernity about it. Nonetheless, the Goose first entered production in 1937, and the last one was built in 1945. Not surprisingly, a number of them are still in service around the world today.

One of the unique features of this amphibian aircraft is its retractable landing gear. The two wheels, located under the cockpit, can be lowered hydraulically for landing on land, or kept in place - flush with the fuselage - for landing on water. The plane's distinctive boat-like nose also played an important role in such maritime landings.

Because of its amphibious nature, the Goose was and still extremely versatile.

 

Author Mike Stone
Painter Altair Weavers & Painters Guild
Date Added November 15, 2002
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