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Identity Needed

Postby dogsbody » Sat May 09, 2015 2:28 am

A member of a local history Facebook Group has posted this photo of a Goose. Unfortunately, I can't make out the serial number.
Anyone have any idea what Goose this might be?


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Re: Identy Needed

Postby MrWidgeon » Sat May 09, 2015 8:26 am

Weeellllll, for starters, it's US Dept, of the Interior airplane from the late 1950s, early 1960s.
I did a check of records and the only 2 USDI Gooses that had the N number N77_ were N778 C/N B-56 and N779 C/N B-138.
I don't have a photo of N779, but it was put into service later than N778, so I'm pretty sure it's N778.

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Re: Identity Needed

Postby dogsbody » Sat May 09, 2015 3:01 pm

Thanks, Bill. I figured you'd know something about this.


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Re: Identity Needed

Postby MrWidgeon » Sat May 09, 2015 3:08 pm

How about a better copy ?

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Re: Identity Needed

Postby Rajay » Sat May 09, 2015 7:51 pm

Only photo of s/n B-138 that I have seen while it was still operational as N779 with FWS in AK is to be found in the FWS digital archives site online - ref. the Jim King Collection.

Not that it's all that clear, but it appears that at the time of the photo in any case, it did not have the same orange nose. Also, the cowl bands are simple, basic "bands" and do not sweep back into a stripe as do the ones on N778 - and on the one whose ID is in question in the first photo above.

http://digitalmedia.fws.gov/cdm/singleitem/collection/natdiglib/id/114/rec/1

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Re: Identity Needed

Postby dogsbody » Sat May 09, 2015 9:41 pm

Nice, Rajay. Thanks.



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Re: Identity Needed

Postby MrWidgeon » Sat May 09, 2015 9:58 pm

Thanks Rajay, I have that shot somewhere somewhere in the Goose folder, but just didn't see it.

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