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S-42 Flying Clipper Seaplane

S-42 Seaplane: Specifications
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation,
S-42 Seaplane: Specifications
Bridgeport, Connecticut: ca. 1930s
Printed brochure,
Manuscript Division (136E.5)

S-42 Flying Clipper Seaplane
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
S-42 Flying Clipper Seaplane
Photograph, ca. 1930s
Manuscript Division (136E.7)

This brochure was prepared by the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and contains all the plane's pertinent drawings and data. The large aircraft had a range nearly three times that of Sikorsky's earlier clipper plane and handled superlatively on its maiden flight. It was the first plane put into regular service by Pan American Airways in August 1934, and carried 42 passengers in unparalleled luxury.

Sikorsky's majestic "flying boat" was used by Pan American Airways between the world wars on many of its pioneering international routes across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Pan American used this aircraft to make its first Newfoundland to Ireland flight in 1937, and soon after linked America to Asia.

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