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BG Airways - Guyana

PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:06 am
by fredgell
Can anyone properly ID these boats for me?

http://guyanathenandnow.wordpress.com/b ... s-limited/

Thanks

Fred

Re: BG Airways - Guyana

PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:59 am
by fredgell
Tony

Ireland N2C - that's the bunny - even Flight was a tad vague about this aircraft!

The other was fairly obvious.

I thought it might be linked to a design variously described as Fairchild FB3 / Sportsman
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File: ... rtsman.jpg

but cant find any info about that either!

Both very cute little boats though.

Cheers

Fred

ps - if you click on the first Goose picture it will take you to the Flight article - with a nice head on shot.

Re: BG Airways - Guyana

PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:50 am
by MrWidgeon
Here's the basics from a book on Fairchilds ....

Image

Bill

Re: BG Airways - Guyana

PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:00 pm
by fredgell
Bill

Thanks for that - my main focus is British & Commonwealth boats - so library a bit weak in some areas.
Mind you Google, Flight and co not very forthcoming either on this one.

Cheers

Fred

Re: BG Airways - Guyana

PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:07 pm
by DavidLegg
By coincidence, there is a short, two-page article on the Ireland Neptune in the most recent edition of Air Classics magazine to reach the UK. Does not mention the BG Airways ones though and is a bit vague on the number produced.

Re: BG Airways - Guyana

PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:46 am
by Rajay
There are actually two different Gooses shown:

The first two photos are VP-GAD which was G-21A s/n 1014. It crashed near Kamarang, Guyana (date unknown.)

The third photo shows VP-GAC, which was ex-USN JRF-5 s/n B-46. While it is still "currently" registered to Aero Accessories Inc. in Gibsonville, NC (and improperly identifed by its former USN BuNo. 37793), it was actually disassembled and scrapped by Dean Franklin Enterprises way back in 1988 or so. All Aero Accessories ever had was the stripped out fuselage and they actually sold it to Sam Damico of Pittsford, NY in 2005. Sam planned to use it to rebuild N327 (Grumman G-21A s/n 1051) after it crashed and burned at Penn Yan, NY in Feb. 2005. Sam later also bought the wreck of N741 (s/n B-97) after it was severely damaged clipping a truck while landing at Unalaska, AK in April 2008, in spite of which it was probably still a better rebuild project than either N327 or N1048V.