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Old Nov 25, 2011, 8:24 AM   #1
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When I was fourteen years old I landed a job taking care of Bower Roller Bearing's Grumman Mallard. I kept her clean and polished inside and out. At the end of four years I was also doing some minor maintenance like changing plugs, lubing, etc. Talk about a dream job for a kid who loved anything that flew. My high school was just across the street from Detroit City Airport which made it very convenient for me.
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Old Nov 26, 2011, 5:32 PM   #2
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Great picture and great story Streets! The Mallard is a classic...I'd love to see one up close or better yet, get a flight in one!

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I made a few trips on the Mallard including one water landing. The water landing was kind of scary as when the airplane settled, the water almost came up to the bottom of the windows. Another of my tasks was keeping the anchor rope neatly coiled. There was a hatch on top of the nose and from there one deployed the mooring line or the anchor. It was really a beautiful airplane: Black on top, cherry red in the middle, and feather gray on the rest of the airplane. I wish I had a color photo of it.
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I always confuse the Goose and the Mallard. Flew on one of them once, from Catalina Island to San Pedro. Takeoff in ocean waves was a helluva thrill!

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