|Tp 81- Grumman G-21A Goose (1951-1962)|
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The Grumman G-21 was originally an eight-seat amphibian for civil
service, but only a few aircraft were sold before the outbreak of WWII.
The prototype had flown for the first time in 1937.
military variant G-21A was ordered in large numbers by the USAAF, US
Navy and the US Coast Guard. Not all aircraft were amphibians -
some lacked landing gear. 85 aircraft were delivered to the RAF
and the RCAF, which gave the aircraft the name ”Goose”. Other
versions (smaller and larger) got the names G-44 ”Widgeon/Gosling”
and G-73 ”Mallard”.
G-21A was acquired by the Swedish Air Force in 1951 and based at Wing F
21 at Kallax close to Luleå as a flying ambulance. It got the
designation Tp 81 and the
SwAF/n 81001. The formal reason for the purchase was that the ordinary
ambulance aircraft Tp 4 Beech 18R was to take part of an Antarctic
expedition. The Tp 81 had once been built for the US Navy (designation
JRF-2) with c/n 1134. As a part of the Lend-Lease Agreement, it was
transferred to the RAF, where it first was registered as BW787 and later
as FP484. After the war, it was sold to a civil company in USA where it
carried the registration NC9293H, and later to Norway (LN-SAB).
Tp 81 was according to the regulations of 1947 painted all orange and -
besides the common roundels of the Air Force - fitted with Red Cross
flying ambulance service was more and more taken over by private
enterprises. After ten years of service, the Tp 81 instead was used for
transports and liaison missions. In 1962, the ”Goose” crashed at a take-off from
the airfield at Hemavan
and had to be written off. The crew got away with only minor
Tp 81 was powered with two Pratt & Whitney Junior R-985-AN6
9-cylinder engines, each of 450 hp.
Length: 11,69. Span: 14,94 m. MTOW: 3.629 kg. Max. speed: 310 km/h.
© Lars Henriksson