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Maintenance

Antilles Air Boats' maintenance department consisted of 3 locations (St. Thomas, St. Croix and San Juan, P.R.), 50 licensed and unlicensed mechanics and included various shops (engine overhaul / fabric). This page will focus on the people and criteria to maintain the AAB fleet.  

Grumman G21A Service Manual
Grumman JRF-6B Maint. Instructions
photo credit Tom Anusewicz

Developing additional database for Antilles Air Boats aircraft information which will include FAA Major Repair & Alteration  / Form 337 , supporting documentation, registration, ownership and other related information.

See below.

Grumman Goose G-21A

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Claude Austin, Maintenance Supervisor and Charlie Freehling, Chief Inspector... the very best in the business.

Grumman Mallard G-73

Registration
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Records
4402

Vought-Sikorsky VS-44A

Consolidated Catalina PBY-5A

Registration
S/N
548
920
Records
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Shorts - Sunderland / Sandringham - S.25

Aviation Mechanics Journal - July 1980 advertisement

Grumman Albatross HU-16

above letter sent by Don "Bucky" Dawson

Dean Franklin Aviation Enterprises

Miami, Florida

Grumman Seaplane /Parts Dealer

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photo credit Jim Flanagan
Hugh O'Donnell
Leo Soto
Jim Flanagan
Horatio Belmar

A busy ramp in St. Thomas.  A great photo of numerous AAB aircraft in maintenance. The photo includes VS-44 (out of service), Super CAT/PBY, 2 Gooses and a Cessna 185 (N169E) on floats registered to Don Schell and Bill Sorren, pilots at AAB.

Senior maintenance supervisors, Claude Austin on left engine and Victor Pinheiro on the right. with pilot Bill Sorren walking across the ramp.

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Jim Flanagan & Eric Crossfield performing a 100 hr. Engine Inspection
Claude Austin, Mrs. Blair, Eric Crossfield and Andy Whitener
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photos by Steve Bell 
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Jean Smith
photo credit Charlie Freehling
photo credit Charlie Freehling
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photo credit Kevin Murphy
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Hugh O'Donnell 
photo credit Charlie Freehling
Hugh O'Donnell & Eric Crossfield - G-73 Mallard N1208
photo credit Charlie Freehling
photo credit Charlie Freehling
Bonnie Austin
photo credit Kevin Murphy
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Kevin Murphy
Victor Pinhiero - Maintenance Supervisor
at the maintenance shop in St. Thomas