Sikorsky S-43 Baby Clipper

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Sikorsky
Markings
VMJ-2, San Diego, California, ca. 1939
Designation
S-43
Registration
NC16934
Serial Number
4325 1061

Sikorsky S-43 Baby Clipper

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. The Navy purchased seventeen of these aircraft with two of them going to the Marine Corps. Although this particular aircraft is actually an S-43, it has been painted in the U. S. Marine Corps markings of VMJ-2 out of deference to its owner: the U. S. Marine Corps Air-Ground Museum in Quantico, VA. The aircraft it represents was actually destroyed by fire in January 1942.

Specifications
Wingspan 86 ft
Length 51 ft 2 in
Height 17 ft 8 in
Weight 17,541 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 200 mph
Service Ceiling 20,000 ft
Range 775 miles
Engines 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1690, 800 hp each
Crew 3, passengers 15 commercial; 24