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For all the pilots, Once the wings go on, they never come off whether they can be seen or not . . .
When a good pilot leaves the 'job' and retires, many are jealous, some are pleased and yet others, who may have already retired, wonder . . .
We wonder if he knows what he is leaving behind, because we already know . . . —Author Unknown
The Goose, built by Grumman in the 1930s, was flown by both civilian and military pilots during and after WWII. Later it was flown by both Ellis Airlines of Ketchikan and Alaska Coastal Airlines of Juneau, which both merged with Alaska Airlines in the late 1960s. The Goose's final operation was a 22-mile stretch from Ketchikan to Annette Island in Alaska until completion of Ketchikan airport around 1972. Pictured here at Juneau, this is only known example in golden nugget paint.
Pilots gather at a recent retired pilots luncheon.
L to R: Ron Rismon, Doc Eide, Herb Grisham, Dennis Lund, Phil Pope, Jim Doman, Al Brower and Mike McMillen