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This page covers many aspects of AAB, It is where new material is posted periodically.

The format below shows the most current post at the top and oldest at the bottom. Each entry is also posted to its relative page. Don't forget that each         star represents another link to additional pages, articles, documents and photos.

About this site...

Over many years, the past employee's, passengers and friends of Antilles Air Boats have told stories and have shared photos of that special time in history.

We hope that this website will give everyone an opportunity to continue to share their stories, photos and comments.

We will share our collection of specific material on aircraft Antilles Air Boats used over the years as well as the many professionals that assisted its passengers to get from island to island. 

April 16, 2024

updates

For a number of weeks, the website was off-line, as I reviewed the many pages and images to ensure proper authorization and credit. The website is a not for profit, historical look at Antilles Air Boats and other aviation entities during my 50 plus years in aviation. Most of the photos have been taken by myself and other staff and friends. A number of photos have been taken from the internet with approval from the original photographer. A number of images were taken over 50 years ago and even with research and letters of request, final approval was not forthcoming. My intent is not to infringe on any copyrights but to post photographs with credit given and links where appropriate. If anyone has concerns of any images posted please feel free to contact me.
Also see Photographers Credits
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 2 Grumman G-73 Mallards and 2 Fullers

It was interesting that both J-6 NC2943 and J-8 NC2945 came off the Grumman assembly line in 1946 and both were purchased by Fullers. One to Fuller Brush (Connecticut) and the other to Fuller Paint (California). They both operated the Mallards for many years

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The purchasers of early aircraft recognized the opportunity to utilize the new equipment in business but it was always their sense of adventure and pursuit of the thrill that closed the deal. The newest amphibian aircraft on the market was drawing attention for many that could afford it.

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J-6  NC2943
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J-8  NC2945
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photo from Tom Anusewicz Collection

Peruvian Air Corp

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The 4th Peruvian Goose was s/n 1053 and registered as

2TP-4H (the previous 3 were 1H, 2H, 3H prospectively)  when it arrived in Lima. It transferred to the newly created Peruvian Air Force in 1950 as 324 and then sold to Avalon Air Transport in 1958.

It was reregistered as N328 and flown between Long Beach and Catalina Island for over ten years before it was purchased by Charlie Blair and started flying at Antilles Air Boats in 1969.

more subsequent registration information on N328 page
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N79914

photo from Tom Anusewicz Collection
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Over the blue

The Shell Aviation News  issue #422 from 1974 has an article "Over the Blue" and it was written by Jim Cothron, a Chalk's Airlines pilot. Jim also flew those Goose and Mallards that came to and from Antilles Air Boats in the USVI. See more about Jim at General Declaration ...

Connecting the dots. 

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Royal Canadian Air Force

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N4762C first flew with the Royal Canadian Air Force as 388 back in May 1944. The RCAF recognized the versatility of the Grumman Goose and took its first aircraft in 1940 and flew a total of 31 aircraft. Aircraft 388, while based in Sea Island, Richmond, B.C.