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User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2425 times:

I know there are scheduled airlines in Washington state and British Columbia which fly float planes in lieu of land planes. But there used to be airlines on the Atlantic coast which used float planes.

Can anyone remember any float plane airlines from Atlantic Canada, New England, the middle Atlantic states, or Florida? For instance, there used to be a scheduled airline that flew twin-otters from the Philadelphia waterfront to the Washington DC waterfront -- essentially downtown to downtown. Can anyone remember its name? Can anyone remember others on the Atlantic coast?



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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8193 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2384 times:

Chalks Ocean Airways flies Mallards out of Fort Lauderdale around the Caribbean. They've been around since the late '20s.


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User currently offlineL.1011 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2209 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2374 times:

N766UA,

Actually, 1919.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2334 times:

Well all of the schedualed runs down in Southeast Alaska went away as those airports got runways.

My dad remember getting on Ellis Air Services PBY to fly between Sitka and Wrangel.

There are a couple of towns that still don't have airports, but those are flown as on demand, with single engine floats....when there is a load, they go.



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User currently offlineCicadajet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2324 times:

Chet - Here's the Seaplane service you were probably thinking of. They flew to NYC as well to Philly and W-DC.


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Theres still seaplane service in New York, using smaller types, but its from Mid-Town rather than Downtown, and to more local destinations.. Long Island and New Jersey I'd guess.

- Tom


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2315 times:

I forgot all about Pen-air's service to Akutan, Alaska from Dutch Harbor.

They still keep the Grumman Geese (Gooses?) around for that run.



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User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2293 times:

N766UA,

Everyone should remember Chalk's from the 90's. They were featured on 'Miami Vice' more than once. Friday and Saturday nights they regularly took gamblers from Ft Lauderdale and Miami to casinos in the Bahamas.  Smile

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User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2265 times:

Cicadajet,

That's the plane! You're the man!

Also, there are a series of float planes I've seen advertised in the Village Voice that take Manhattanites out to the beaches on Long Island during the summer. I doubt, though, if they're scheduled.




User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2258 times:

L-188,

Considering the Grumman Goose is in Pen-air's official logo, it's amazing how few photos of them are in the data base.

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User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2222 times:

The photo base has some good shots of Kenmore-Air takeoffs and landings. Kenmore, of course, operates the 90 miles back and forth between downtown Seattle and the Victoria, British Columbia waterfront.

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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2216 times:

I'll throw you one better Worldperks.

I am the one that took that photo Big grin


Actually N7811 is part of the Pen-Air fleet now. Penn-Air about 96 got the Gooses that the Alaska State Troopers surplused when they got Caravans.

I took the photo of that one on the database too, Still in Trooper markings.


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Actually still in the markings, only the logos where changed.

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User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

L-188,

Your photo reminded me that Pacific Coastal Airlines (Vancouver International Airport to Vancouver Island) also flew the Goose.

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Their present fleet, mostly Short 360s, makes money taking reporters and tourists to Pamela Anderson's home town of Comox on the northern tip of the island.  Smile



User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2185 times:

Hey, I wouldn't mind getting a Production Certificate to manufacture the Goose again.

Maybe install some of those Orenda engines rather then turboprops or the radials.

Just a single shop, maybe put together two or three a year



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User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2145 times:

Hey, there's got to be a market.

Just finished reading John J. Nance's Skyhook, and I get the impression from Nance that in the Anchorage metro, country gentlemen now all own Land Rovers and refurbished Grummans.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



User currently offlineN743AS From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2054 times:

Getting off the subject for a minute, if you want the production certificate for the Goose, no need! Well it won't quite be a Goose, but more closely related to the Widgeon. The plane is called the GWEDUK (goo-e-duck) and it is a composite Widgeon, that will have all the good characteristics of the Widegeon and none of the bad! It is being built in Renton, Washington and should fly in the fall(hopefully). If you e-mail the yahoo address you'll get tons of information on the project and you might even be able to check the plane out while its being built.

The website is: www.gweduc.com. Contact is: FlyGweduck@yahoo.com

-743AS



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