This wooden model Grumman G-73 “Mallard” amphibian plane has California Amphibious Transport markings. Building on the success of the Goose and Widgeon, Grumman Aircraft developed Design 73, the larger “Mallard” for commercial use. Retaining many of the features of the smaller aircraft, such as twin radials, high wings with underwing floats, retractable landing gear, and a large straight tail, the company built 59 Mallards between 1946 and 1951.
Unlike other smaller aircraft, the Mallard featured tricycle gear, stressed skin, a two-step hull and wingtip fuel tanks. This one is painted in the colors of “CAT—The Route of the Seagulls.” California Amphibious Transport provided seaplane service to the Catalina Island in California for about a year between 1981 and 1982, flying from Long Beach Airport with a Grumman Mallard and a Piper Navajo. The airline’s owner was Dan Aikens.