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JRF-G-21 U.S. Navy Goose
Palm Springs Air Museum visit November, 2008

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Grumman Goose Transport Aircraft

Grumman Goose, Palm Springs Air Museum - California

The museum's aircraft was built in 1942 and is not currently in flying condition.

The Grumman Goose was originally intended for civilian was use but during World War II it was used by United States Navy, United States Army Air Forces, Royal Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force for military transport.

It was powered by two high wing, 450 hp Pratt & Whitney Wasp radial engines and could carry four to nine passengers depending on the variant. It had a wingspan of 49 feet. A total of 345 were built, including all models, 50 of which went to the British.

The Goose could land in water on its hull, and so is classified as a flying boat. There were floats under the wings to stabilize it in the water. It also had retractable landing gear which enabled it to land or take off from a landing strip as well.

During World War II it was used as a transport, rescue and reconnaissance aircraft. Depth charges or bombs could be carried under the wings for use when hunting for enemy submarines. The aircraft operated in both the Pacific and Atlantic theaters where it gained a reputation for being versatile and dependable.

Also see under American Aircraft

Grumman G-21 Goose


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