Special Day for Tim Cole

One of Maxcraft’s long time customers and friend, shared his wonderful story with us. Read more below about Tim’s fantastic day.

May 14, 2022

A special day for me! On May 14, 1972, Fifty Years Ago, was the first day I flew CF-BXR a Grumman Goose, G21A serial # 1059. I flew this old girl in 1972/73 for Laurentian Air Services based out of Ottawa. I roamed mostly over Quebec and Labrador. During that time, in addition to landing in numerous lakes, I landed in the Atlantic Ocean, the Arctic Ocean & Hudson’s Bay. Today on the anniversary of my very first flight in this airplane we landed in the Pacific Ocean 50 years later to the day of my first flight! This was made possible by Captain Gordon Jenkins, a 26,000 hour veteran West Coast pilot, and Chief Pilot for Wilderness Seaplanes based in Port Hardy, BC. He invited me to ride right seat for him on a ferry flight from Everett, WA (KPAE) to Vancouver (CYVR) and Pitt Meadows (CYPK) in the same airplane, serial #1059 now US registered as N39FG. This beautiful old airplane, built in 1939, is in mint condition and is an award winner at Reno in 2019. It was a wonderful flight with water landings at YVR and YPK. It brought back so many fond memories of years gone by. Well wishers and cameras were bountiful on departure and at each stop. Prior to departure from PAE, I was joined by Allen Stayman of N. Seattle. As a child he and his siblings often rode as passengers in this airplane to their summer holiday camp in the Laurentian Mountains in Quebec. In addition when Allen was a teenager he worked as our dockboy in Northern Quebec in 1970. I hadn’t seen him since then, 52 years earlier. A special thanks to Steve Nunn who provided transport down to PAE in his amphib Cessna 206. Many thanks to Gord Jenkins and the owners of N39FG, it was wonderful experince for an old pilot. May you all have “Tight Floats & Tailwinds.”

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Tim on the dock today at YVR with #1059 N39FG

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tim on the dock at Parc la Verendrye, PQ in 1973 with #1059 CF-BXR with a new Laurentian Air Services paint scheme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#1059 N39FG with her current paint scheme as “Summer Wind” the oldest G21A still airworthy and still flying 83 years young.

 

 

 

 

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#1059 CF-BXR in her 1972 Laurentian Air Services paint scheme.

 

 

 

 

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Veteran Goose Pilot, Captain Gordon Jenkins at Pitt Meadows, YPK.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tim remembering the left seat 50 years later.

 

 

 

 

 

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Allen Stayman, a dock boy 52 years later and a retired US Senate Aide!

 

 

 

 

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Steve Nunn and his Cessna 206 with Gord Jenkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

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