Beautiful flying boats serving sun-drenched Caribbean islands, and a dash of Hollywood glamour — Antilles Air Boats seemed to have it all. But legendary aviator Capt Charles Blair and his airline came to an untimely end
It was while I was serving in the US Coast Guard at its air station in San Juan, Puerto Rico, during 1968 that I was first introduced to Antilles Air Boats. I was a structural mechanic and crew member on the Grumman HU-16E Albatross, providing search and rescue efforts in the Caribbean. The hangar next door housed the last of the Sikorsky VS-44 flying boats and I performed some structural repairs on it in my spare time. The company liked having an aircraft sheet metal shop close by.