A Farewell to the Grumman Goose
Monday, June 18 2012
The Akutan Airport project has been described as a “runway to nowhere” by national media. The $64 million airstrip is being built on uninhabited Akun Island, and the hope is that by the end of summer, Akutan residents will be able to catch flights out there after taking a six-mile trip by either hovercraft or helicopter.
While people outside the Aleutians might be wondering how this is all going to come together, area residents are focused on what the project means for a local icon. The Grumman Goose has served the region for the better half of a century, and it’s the last World War II-era seaplane still in scheduled commercial use in Alaska. But once the new airport is complete, water landings in the Bering Sea will be a thing of the past.
KUCB’s Alexandra Gutierrez has this goodbye to the Goose.