|1.||Stephan Alexander Scharnberg (20-01-2010 06:48:45)|
I thought you might like to know a little background history of this particular aircraft. It has been listed as c/n B-103, but in fact, this is inaccurate. Grumman Goose B-103 crashed in Alaska, USA back in 1970.
This aircraft is Grumman G-21A Goose, c/n B-101. Manufactured in November 1944, to US Navy as BuAer 84806 and designated as a JRF-5 model, became US Navy Surplus in 1945. Then registered as N62899. Sold in Canada in 1967. Owned and operated by FIFT (Forest Industries Flying Tankers), Port Alberni, B.C., Canada as CF-VFU, later as C-FVFU, from 1968-1996. Flown out of Sproat Lake near Port Alberni, on Vancouver Island. Used for forest patrols, support and spotter for the Martin Mars water bombers. Fitted with long range fuel tanks in the wing center section for a 6-hour endurance. Also used to transport timber companies' personnel. As my father was a treeplanter foreman for BCFP (British Columbia Forest Products), he and his crew flew on this aircraft up the central British Columbia coast in the late 1960s and early 1970s from Cowichan Bay on Vancouver Island to Knight Inlet. She was given the super treatment sometime in it's career, with the extended dorsal fin, upgraded engines and retractable floats. Over 15,000 airframe hours. Owned and operated by C-Tec LTD., Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada from 2002-2004. Now with European Coastal Airways, Croatia.