Grumman G-21A (ex-JRF-6B) N95467 in Spokane, WA

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Grumman G-21A (ex-JRF-6B) N95467 in Spokane, WA

Postby Rajay » Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:16 am

Addison Pemberton (and sons) resto of Grumman G-21A N95467 (c/n 1161) is documented on their Web site:

http://home.comcast.net/~biplane0/goose/
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Re: Grumman G-21A (ex-JRF-6B) N95467 in Spokane, WA

Postby dogsbody » Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:06 pm

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Re: Grumman G-21A (ex-JRF-6B) N95467 in Spokane, WA

Postby Rajay » Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:57 pm

As of this Christmas (2013) they have completed the repairs and resealing of the wing center section and have it re-installed on the fuselage.

Slowly, but surely, they're getting there!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pemberton-Sons-Aviation/187204493784
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Re: Grumman G-21A (ex-JRF-6B) N95467 in Spokane, WA

Postby Rajay » Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:04 pm

Addison Pemberton's restoration of Goose N95467, ex-British JRF-6B serial no. 1161, has been completed and it was flown last Monday, April 17, 2017, for the first time in probably something like 25 years! Addison smartly hired one of the most experienced Grumman seaplane pilots still active in the world, Fred Ball, to do the honors. Fred, who used to be chief pilot for Pen Air in Alaska and has something like 16,000 hours or more in Gooses and Widgeons, conducted the initial test flight as well as completing all of the check-out time required for insurance purposes for Addison and his oldest son, Jay. Addison reported that the plane was almost squawk-free (just a slight bit of left wing heaviness) and that the Covington-overhauled R-985 radials were "turbine smooth" and dry too. He also praised the "pull" of the long-blade Ham Std. 2-bladed props, which he says are much cheaper and maybe even stronger than the 3-bladed Hartzells, although he did concede that they may be louder. I know that one of his concerns early on about the Ham. Stds. was that with the original installation of them on the Goose they were not featherable, so Addison got an STC to install a feathering system based on a similar installation on Beech 18's. The photos that he shared with me and others were awesome and included some water landings and take-offs in the first 20 hours or so that they have already put on the airplane since its restoration. Second son Ryan is a gifted photographer and has a lot of experience show-casing the Pemberton fleet in air-to-air shots. Ryan also plans to start working on his MEL and MES ratings in the Goose after Addison and Jay get more time in it themselves.

All my congratulations to Pemberton & Sons Aviation on another fine job!
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