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Identity Needed

PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 2:28 am
by dogsbody
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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Chris

Re: Identy Needed

PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 8:26 am
by MrWidgeon
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

PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 3:01 pm
by dogsbody
Thanks, Bill. I figured you'd know something about this.


Chris

Re: Identity Needed

PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 3:08 pm
by MrWidgeon
How about a better copy ?

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Re: Identity Needed

PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 7:51 pm
by Rajay
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

PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 9:41 pm
by dogsbody
Nice, Rajay. Thanks.



Chris

Re: Identity Needed

PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 9:58 pm
by MrWidgeon
Thanks Rajay, I have that shot somewhere somewhere in the Goose folder, but just didn't see it.

Bill