Episode 2 - Dan Bolton: That Mallard Guy

Updated: Aug 30, 2020

Welcome to Episode 2 of Up and Away!

On this week's episode we have Dan Bolton (aka That Mallard Guy) who talks about his humble beginnings in aviation flying for his dad's seaplane business, to flying with Air Whitsunday, a stint in Vietnam, and to where he is now... a Grumman Mallard flying boat captain! We also discuss his own Podcast all about seaplanes, called On the Step.

Grumman Mallard Captain Dan Bolton sitting on the bow of his Mallard.

The Grumman Mallard G-73 is a really amazing plane that has truly stool the test of time. This is exemplified by the three aircraft that Dan flies for Paspaley in Darwin, a world-renown pearling company. These three Mallards are the only commercially operational G-73s in the world, with brand new turbo prop engines, they don't seem to be stopping anytime soon!

The Mallard is an amphibious, floating-hull aircraft produced between 1946 and 1951 and featured two Pratt & Whitney Wasp H radial engines. During this time Grumman manufactured 59 of the aircraft before it was discontinued after the larger and more spacious amphibious aircraft, the Grumman SA-16 Albatross was introduced.

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One of three Paspaley operated Grumman Mallard, captained by Dan Bolton on Whitehaven beach in the Whitsundays.

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