Rebirth of a Legend

For almost 70 years, the Grumman G-21 Goose has been making waterways around the world double as runways for takeoffs and landing. The unique ability of the Goose to operate from land or water has made air transportation possible to hundreds of locations that were previously inaccessible by air.

(video) Watch this unique airplane land and take off in water.

Flying from Wall Street to WWII

The idea for the Goose came in 1936, when a group of wealthy industrialists, including Henry Morgan, Marshall Field and E.R. Harriman, wanted an easier way to commute from their homes on Long Island to the financial district of Wall Street. They commissioned Roy Grumman to build ten airplanes that could take off from their private air strips and land on the water near the financial district.

By the end of World War Two, nearly 350 Gooses (they are never referred to as Geese) had been built. They helped the U.S. military and our allies with fast and reliable transportation to remote locations all over the world.

The flight into commercial aviation

After the war, most of the G-21’s were absorbed into the civilian market. The Goose saw widespread service with small passenger airlines in the Caribbean, California, Alaska, and around the world. Until 1970, there were enough Gooses to meet market demand. By the early eighties however, the supply of Gooses had begun to dry up due to a lack of spare parts and people experienced with seaplane maintenance and operations. By 1990, only a small number of G-21 aircraft remained.

Not enough Gooses

While the number of Gooses declined, the market for seaplanes that can operate from land or water has increased with time. Antilles Seaplanes, LLC has seized this lucrative opportunity and is the only company in the world that can satisfy the demand for this unique airplane.

When Grumman Aircraft stopped providing spare parts and technical support for the Goose, Dean Franklin Aviation Enterprises in Miami bought the existing spare parts inventory from Grumman. For more than 50 years, that company had a monopoly on Goose parts and expertise. Now, Antilles Seaplanes has obtained from Dean Franklin all of the remaining spare parts and complete technical and engineering documentation for the Goose and is poised to hatch a whole new generation of this venerable classic.

Updating a classic

Incorporating modern technical advances such as updated avionics, improved anti-corrosion protection, and state-of-the-art sound-proofing materials will enhance the airplane’s capabilities and performance. Further enhancement will be achieved by replacing inefficient old systems such as the vacuum-powered flaps with new electric or hydraulic utility systems. Finally, new standard features such as quick-change cargo & passenger interiors will be offered. All together these features make the Antilles G-21 a far more commercially viable airplane than the original.

Fly for work or fun

As word has spread about our company, we have had great response from those interested in the airplane’s commercial and governmental agency uses and from private airplane owners and enthusiasts as well. We will be happy to tell you more about the Antilles G-21 and how you, as either an aircraft owner or an investor in the company, can become a part of the rebirth of this legend.

Getting to and from some parts of the world today can be difficult. With its unique ability to operate by land or sea, the Antilles G-21 is building upon the rich legacy of the Grumman Goose and creating a technologically advanced aircraft for the 21st century.