Grumman Goose (TL6)

Designed by Bruce Johnson

3.00 displacement ton wedge airframe; 5.99 tonnes; kCr 609
42.0 kL wedge airframe (10 m long x 4.3 m wide x 2.8 m high, wingspan 19 m); Structure: 876 kg of light alloy, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.04 cm thick, 1 armour rating
2x 330 kW TL5 Imp. Internal Combustion power plants; Fuel: 530 L of high-grade hcarb (530 kg), 6 hours supply
Propulsion System: 660 kW aircraft; Maximum Speed: 218 km/h; Take-Off Speed: 54 km/h; Runway Length: 39 m; Take-Off Time: 5 seconds; Range: 1401 km; Agility: +3DM (0.3G)
Crew & Passengers:
Crew roster: pilot, copilot; 2 crew stations; 6 roomy passenger seats
Regional Radio (10 W, TL6, SmVcl)
No sensors installed.
300 L of cargo space

The Grumman Goose is a small flying boat, with retractable landing gear for land based landings. This is not quite the real thing...the real one goes a bit faster and weighs a lot less, but otherwise it's close. The cargo space is set to mirror what the real thing will carry according to the original specs. This plane is a fair bit heavier than the original, 5.96 tonnes vs 3.44 tonnes actual. This design is viable up to about 10 kl of cargo space, so you could pack a lot into it and still fly, but you'll be going slow, and it'll be very hard to take off. This is the plane that the Joe Bama character flies in "Where is Joe Merchant?" by Jimmy Buffet...I think Buffet owns and flies one of these too. I'd like to be that rich...while looking for the real stats on this plane, I found an ad for one...for a cool $560,000. (So the price is just about right , too!) This is my "Eureka!" aircraft design (or more appropriately, my "DOH!" design.) I hadn't realizedthat cargo room counted as mass in CSC, at 6 tonnes per dT...I was getting tiny aircraft with 20 Mw engines, that had a maximum speed of 27 km/hr, a takeoff speed of 700 km/hr, and a runway lenght of 8 km. ;-)

Designed with CSC (software ©Robert Prior, 1997)