Sikorsky-Vought VS-44Item Number: 1289
Sikorsky S-44 flying boat airplane model. The prototype for the VS-44 was first flown on August 13th, 1937. American Export Airlines ordered three for a planned transatlantic route to the UK and France, although there were delays in obtaining CAB approval. On January 12th, 1942, the US Navy gave American Export Airlines a contract to operate a wartime route across the Atlantic. The airline's temporary civil certificate, to cover a non-stop New York to Foynes (Ireland) service was granted on February 10th, 1942, and continued throughout the war.
Mahogany Wood. Scale: 1/100. Wingspan 15 inches, Length 9 1/2 inches.