Tongass Historical Society/ Ketchikan, Alaska
Manufactured in December 1942 as OA-9 (Boat)
BuAer 0213B (US Navy) (BW810)
BuAer 42-106981 (USAAC) (FP507)
War Assets Surplus
N88821 Ellis Airlines/ Ketchikan, Alaska - November 1945-1962
N88821 Alaska Coastal-Ellis Airlines 1962-1967
N88821 Alaska Airlines 1967- 1972
N88821 Griffco/Seattle, Wa 1972
C-FEFN Alert Bay Air Services/ March 1974
C-FEFN Gulf Air/ May 1978
C-FEFN Trans Provincial Airlines/ Prince Rupert, B.C. 1981-1992
N88821 Tongass Historical Society/ Ketchikan, Ak. Oct. 16, 1992
In Alaska Coastal-Ellis Livery @ Petersburg Circa 1964
Jim Hickey Photo
In Trans Provincial Livery May 1983 @ S. Vancouver Int. Airport
Gary Vincent Photo via Geoff McDonell
A massive restoration is under way for the Original ELLIS AIR LINES Goose N88821. This was the first Goose to be delivered to Ketchikan in November 1945. It was also the first in a fleet of ten for the airline. Ellis was the second airline to use the Goose in Southeast Alaska. Alaska Coastal beat Ellis by a couple of months. On April 1, 1962, the two airlines merged to become Alaska Coastal-Ellis Airlines. In 1966 the name was shortened to Alaska Coastal.
In 1968 Alaska Airlines bought Alaska Coastal.
at the time of the Buy-Out,
Alaska Coastal had the Biggest fleet of Gooses in the world.
The count was 17. At one time they had 19 Gooses total.
1157 was Bought from Trans Provincial Airlines of Prince Rupert, B.C. at a cost of $75,000. in 1991, it was involved in a ground loop accident in Prince Rupert, B.C. It had a damaged wing tip and left main landing gear. The hull structure was sprung also. After The airline decided not to repair it, they accepted the offer from The Tongass Historical Society. It was brought back to Ketchikan finally. Hopefully, that's where it will remain. As of 2009 The work is still in progress with about two years left on the project. The work force on the Goose is volunteer only. It has been at a steady, slow pace.
Many of the volunteers were ex-Ellis and Alaska Coastal employees and have passed away since.
1157 Volunteer Squad 2001
Left to right:
On top of wing: Jos Govaars
On Ladder: Danny Hoggard
On Right With Mask: Eddy Haynes
Behind Camera: Don "Bucky" Dawson
Dedicated to the memory of
Gerald "Bud" Bodding