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Designation: S-43

Sikorsky S-43

Sikorsky S-43 (JRS-1)

A picture of the Sikorsky S-43

The Sikorsky S-43 and its military cousin, the JRS-1, were designed in the late 1930s as airliners and military personnel transports.  Fifty-three were built between 1937 and 1941 for civilian customers and the U.S. Navy.  A total of three S-43/JRS-1s survive today.  Sometimes called the “Baby Clipper,” S-43s served with Pan American Airlines and other airlines on shorter routes for which the larger flying boats were not needed.  Seventeen of these aircraft were purchased by the Navy with two of them going to the Marine Corps.  Although the aircraft displayed at the Pima Air & Space Museum is actually a civil S-43, it has been painted in the U. S. Marine Corps markings of VMJ-2 out of deference to its owner:  The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA.  The aircraft it represents was destroyed by fire in January 1942.

Wingspan 86 ft

Wingspan

Length 51 ft 2 in.

Length

Height 17 ft 8 in.

Height

Weight 17,541 lbs (loaded)

Weight

Max. Speed 200 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 20,000 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 775 miles

Range

Engines Two Pratt & Whitney R-1690 with 800 horsepower each

Engines

Crew 2 pilots, 1 flight attendant, with 15 commercial passengers or 24 military troops

Crew


Manufacturer
Sikorsky

Markings
VMJ-2, San Diego, California, ca. 1939

Designation
S-43 “Baby Clipper”

Registration
NC1634

Serial Number
4325 (1061)

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