Sikorsky VS-44. A

Sikorsky VS-44-A


Sikorsky VS-44-A. A Golden Age Flying Boat

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non-stop to Europe

Designed for American Export Airlines' non-stop transatlantic service, a fleet of these giant Vought-Sikorsky flying boats was now in service shuttling diplomats and government officials between the U.S. and the Brittish Isles.

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Specifications
Wing span 124'.
Length 79'3".
Height 27'7".
Weight empty 30,200 lbs.
Gross weight 57,500 lbs.
Fuel 3900 gals.


Performance Powered with four Pratt & Whitney 1050 h.p.Hornet engines.The VS-44-A has a cruising speed of 175 m.p.h. at an altitude of 7500 ft. Its normal range was 3800 miles.Rateof climb 600 ft/min. Service ceiling 17,500 ft.Manufactured by Vought-Sikorsky Aircraft Division of the United Aircraft Corporation, Stratford, Connecticut.

To learn more about the Sikorsky VS-44, Please visit the New England Air Museum, they have a VS-44 on display.(just click the image!)


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