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"Flying Boat" Retires From PenAir Friday

December 21, 2012|By Mallory Peebles & Mike Nederbrock | Channel 2 News

AnchorAGE, Alaska — A piece of Alaskan aviation history retired from commercial flying Friday, December 21.

The Grumman Goose made its last flight with PenAir from Unalaska to Anchorage Friday. The 9 passenger amphibious plane can land both on land and in water. That ability made it the most popular plane during the 1940's according to PenAir because many small communities in Alaska did not have runways.

Since 1977 PenAir has been operating 2 Grumman Goose planes in Southeast Alaska, flying to remote communities like Cold Bay and Akutan.

“From a financial stand point these airplanes haven't made us any money for 20-30 years," said owner of PenAir Daniel Seybert, "but we had made a commitment, my dad had a commitment 40 years ago that he would serve his community whether he made money or not. He held up his commitment. Now we have runways everywhere we fly and we no longer need to fly the Grumman Goose.”

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While the Grumman Goose has retired from PenAir it will continue flying. A charter operator out of Dillingham, Alaska, Freshwater Adventures, has purchased the unique plane.

 Contact Mallory Peebles

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