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Grumman JRF-5, JRF-6 Goose
Photo ID: 1011719
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Model: Grumman G-21A Goose, JRF-5, JRF-6 Registration: N600ZE
Year: 1943 Serial Number: c/n B-100, U.S. Navy BuNo 84805
Engine(s): P&W R985, 9-Cyl. Radial, 450-HP Owner: William R. Rose,
So. Barrington, IL
Location: Oshkosh 2005 Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Date: July 2005 Present Registration: Same Present Owner (FAA info): Same
Notes: 9/20/05 - This Goose was not surplused until late 1956. The Contracting Officer, U.S. Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, CA., sold it to Beldex Corp. of St. Louis, MO for $22,222.22. The bill of sale from the Navy called it a JRF-6, but most resources call it a JRF-5. I understand that the only difference is in configuration of the aircraft.

This is an outstanding and well-equipped Goose! It has many mods and updates including modern avionics. My guess is that "zero zulu echo" is the object of a lot of affection.

The original FAA registration was N88U. Several resources indicated that it was originally N9543C, but I believe that is in error. I purchased the FAA file and that number doesn't show up anywhere.
Grumman JRF Goose BuNo 84805
Photo ID: 1011720
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The Goose gear retracts into the fuselage much like the Widgeon. N600ZE has been modified to electrically actuated gear.
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Grumman G-21A Goose cargo door
Photo ID: 1011721
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This cargo door was installed by Kodiak Western Airlines in 1975.
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Grumman G-21A Goose water rudder
Photo ID: 1011722
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Many mods were done in 1980, including this water rudder.

See notes below for more history on N600ZE. And grab your drool cup if you run across it somewhere!
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
History from FAA files: 10/56, Grumman Goose JRF-6, s/n B-100 sold to Beldex Corp., St. Louis, MO, by Contracting Officer, U.S. Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, CA., for $22,222.22;
12/56, Aircraft registered as N88U;
3/57, Application for Original Airworthiness shows 2192-hours total time airframe. Aircraft has 2D30 constant speed, non-feathering props at this time. Gross weight was #8000, empty #6682 and useful load #1318.
12/57, Sold to Remmert-Werner of Florida, Pompano Beach, FL;
9/58, Sold to Keystone Helicopter, Philadelphia, PA;
10/58, To Joseph Speidel III, Wheeling, WV;
11/58, Fabric removed from wings and replaced with .025, 24ST aluminum;
7/60, To Fleet Rental Company, Clarksburg, WV;
3/61, To American-Bahamian Air Service, Lantana, FL;
11/61, To A. C. Clewis, Jr., Tampa, FL;
9/62, To Warner H. Kimball, Ft. Lauderdale, FL;
11/62, to Windjammer Air Taxi, Miami Beach, FL;
10/64, To Mercantile National Bank of Dallas, Dallas, TX.
1/65, To Dean H. Franklin, Miami, FL;
3/66, Removed 22D30 Hamilton Standard Hydromatics and installed 3-Bladed Hartzells;
3/70, To Robert L. Hall and Helen C. Hall, Kodiak, AK, for $60,000;
3/72, Installed electrically operated landing gear retraction system.
12/73, To Kodiak Western Airlines, Kodiak, AK;
6/75, Major overhaul of aircraft. Wings and centersection removed, firewalls, landing gear, tail removed, overhauled and reinstalled. Installed cargo door on right side;
1/75, Replaced streamlined wires on inboard and outboard of wing floats, with 3/16" stainless steel cable;
9/75, Accident. Took off from Akalura Lake AK. headed for Kodiak, stalled in initial climb. Aircraft had a fish tank in the fuselage, which leaked and got excess water in the hull, shifting the CG aft on takeoff. Substantial damage;
1/78, To Foreign & Domestic Enterprises, Seattle, WA.
1/80, Complete overhaul of aircraft. Repaired first 16" of nose, installed all new bottom skins, chines and keels, overhauled wings with McKinnon retractable float mod, new interior, Cleveland wheels and brakes and lots more;
5/80, To Collins Brothers Corp., Las Vegas, NV, who changed the registration to N600ZE;
7/80, Lots of major repairs and mods including McKinnon picture window, water rudder, co-pilot control wheel and more.
5/84, STC for auto fuel;
1/86, To Richmor Aviation (Liberty Air ?), Hudson, NY;
8/87, To William R. Rose, S. Barrington, IL;
12/97, Installation of S-Tec autopilot;
10/03, Installation of Goodrich SkyWatch Traffic Advisory System (TAS) and Goodrich WX-500 Stormscope system in conjunction with a Garmin GNS-530, and lots more.
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