Vintage Series Spotlight: The 1968 McKinnon G-21G “Super Goose”
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Published May 29, 2024
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The 1968 McKinnon G-21G “Super Goose,” an amphibious flying boat, marked its era by beautifully melding vintage charm with modern engineering prowess.

Originally born from the Grumman G-21 Goose, the McKinnon G-21G was transformed by McKinnon Enterprises Inc. in the USA into a more potent, turbine-powered marvel. It features twin Pratt & Whitney PT6A-27 turboprops which empower it with a cruising speed of 175 mph (282 km/h) and a robust top speed of 236 mph (380 km/h).

What sets the “Super Goose” apart is its dual capability of taking off from both land and water surfaces. This makes it an exceptional choice for adventurers and travelers eager to explore diverse environments—from remote islands to rugged backcountry airstrips.

With the ability to accommodate up to 10 passengers, the “Super Goose” does not compromise on comfort. The spacious cabin is a hallmark of its design, ensuring that every journey is as comfortable as it is thrilling. Furthermore, with a range of 1,600 miles (2,575 km), it stands out as a craft ideal for longer journeys, enabling exploration without the constant need for refueling stops.

Throughout its history, the “Super Goose” has been revered for its robustness and versatility. It has seamlessly served in multiple roles, from executing military operations to enhancing private travel experiences. Its substantial enhancements in range and speed, coupled with its large cabin, have cemented its status as a preferred aircraft for those seeking reliability and comfort in challenging terrains and remote areas.

The 1968 McKinnon G-21G “Super Goose” remains a testament to the enduring allure of combining classic aesthetics with contemporary technological advancements. For aviation enthusiasts and seasoned travelers alike, the “Super Goose” represents a piece of history equipped to offer not just flights, but memorable adventures across skies and seas. Whether it’s the call of the wild or the allure of the open waters, this aircraft continues to be a reliable companion in the skies, promising every journey to be as limitless as the horizons it so gracefully navigates.

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