Sikorsky S-42

Sikorsky S-42 Clipper

Sikorsky S-42 Clipper (click photos to enlarge)

The Development of the S-42

The Sikorsky S-40 had laid the groundwork for Pan Am’s Latin American route system, but Pan Am was never fully satisfied with its compromise design,.  Even before the S-40 first entered service, Pan Am technical adviser Charles Lindbergh was developing specifications for a streamlined airliner that could truly span the oceans and fulfill Pan Am’s intercontinental ambitions.

Two aircraft manufacturers made credible bids for Pan American’s next airliner; Igor Sikorsky wanted the chance to build improve the S-40, whose limitations he fully understood, and Glenn Martin wanted to expand his business from military to commercial aircraft.  To hedge his bets against either company’s possible failure, and to stimulate competition, so that Pan Am would not be overly dependent on any one firm, Juan Trippe accepted both bids and ordered three planes from each company.  On October 1, 1932, Pan Am placed a firm order for three S-42 aircraft, with an option for seven additional planes.

S-42 Design and Innovations

The S-42’s incorporated several important technological innovations.  The plane’s all-metal construction, using the new aluminum allow known as duralumin, provided the strength and structural integrity to lift a remarkable payload of fuel, passengers, and cargo.  To support that payload while providing the high-speed needed for fast cruising over long distances, along with stability in rough weather, the S-42 was designed with a remarkably high wing loading of 28.6 pounds per square foot; the wing loading of the S-42 was more similar to that of a high-performance racing plane, and was more than twice the wing loading of the Ford Trimotor, the most popular American airliner of the day.  Such a high wing loading required other significant innovations, including a highly efficient airfoil, hydraulic flaps to lower takeoff and landing speeds, and newly-designed variable pitch propellers to provide both high power during takeoff and fuel efficiency during cruise.

S-42 Flights and History

The first S-42 was flight tested in April, 1934, and the aircraft quickly demonstrated its impressive abilities.  On April 26 the plane lifted more than eight tons of payload to 16,000 feet, and on May 17 it climbed to a record of altitude of 20,407 feet while carrying over 11,000 lbs.

On August 1, 1934, Pan American conducted its own flight test of the S-42 before accepting the new plane into its fleet.  Pan Am chief pilot Edwin Musick, Pan Am technical advisor Charles Lindbergh, and Sikorsky test pilot Boris Sergievsky flew the S-42 on a 1,242 mile course, carrying the equivalent weight of 32 passengers, a crew of five, and 2,000 Ib. of mail and cargo.  The plane averaged 157.5 MPH during the test and set eight world records for speed, payload, and altitude.

On August 16, 1934, the S-42 flight-tested by Musick and Lindbergh was put into service on Pan Am’s Latin American routes out of Miami, and two days later the plane was christened Brazilian Clipper in Rio de Janeiro by the wife of Brazilian president Vargas.  The new plane cut the travel time from Miami to Buenos Aires down to just five days, compared to the eight days required by the S-40.  The S-42 was used extensively on Pan American’s Latin American routes and became a familiar sight at Miami’s Dinner Key terminal.

Sikorsky S-42 at Miami

Sikorsky S-42 at Miami

While the S-42’s impressive performance was a tremendous advance over Pan American’s previous aircraft, it had been designed to circle Caribbean and cross the Atlantic, and did not have the range for passenger service across the Pacific.  But while the 2,400 mile distance from San Francisco to Honolulu was beyond the capacity of an S-42 carrying passengers, the longer-range Martin M-130 was still behind schedule when Pan Am needed to begin survey flights across the Pacific.  The second S-42 built by Sikorsky, therefore, was stripped of all its passenger accommodations and fitted with extra fuel tanks to make the long flight between California and Hawaii.

The stripped-down plane, named Pan American Clipper, pioneered Pan Am’s routes across the Pacific during the spring, summer, and autumn of 1935.

S-42 in Hawaii after 1935 Pacific survey flight

S-42 in Hawaii after 1935 Pacific survey flight

S-42 Passenger Accommodations

The S-42 accommodated 32 passengers for daytime flights, in four separate compartments with eight seats each.  (The ship’s relatively short range precluded the need for the sleeping berths provided on subsequent clippers.)

S-42 Technical Details

  • Length: 69′
  • Wingspan: 118′ 2″
  • Max Gross Takeoff Weight:  38,000 lbs S-42, 40,000 lbs S-42A, 42,000 lbs S-42B
  • Engines: Four Pratt & Whitney Hornet radial engines (7oo hp S-42, 750 hp S-42A and S-42B)
  • Propellers: Hamilton-Standard 3-blade variable pitch
  • Max Speed: 190 MPH
  • Cruising Speed:  150-160 MPH
  • Fuel capacity: 1.240 gallons
  • Crew:  5 (2 pilots, engineer, radio operator, and steward)
  • Normal cruising range: 1,200 miles
  • Max cruising range: 3,000 miles, stripped and equipped with cabin fuel tanks
Sikorsky S-42

Sikorsky S-42

Sikorsky S-42

Sikorsky S-42

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casey addington October 10, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I have beautiful color film footage of this plane landing and being towed into shore out of the water . It is on 8mm film . It has never been publicly viewed or copied . I am interested in selling if anyone is interested please email me @ casey.addington@yahoo.com and make an offer

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braid on Braid August 1, 2013 at 8:42 am

Rope makers frequently from confusing us with science and/or extraordinary polysyllabic names.
I am able to try to cut through the guff a bit.

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Tom Maxwell June 8, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Does anyone know if dinnerware was made especially for PAA flying boats? The plates, saucers, etc. would have a motif very similar to that of some that are being sold on eBay -plane either taking off or landing in a tropical type background-except the color is a bright blue on the white china background. While the memory is fuzzy, in 1973 I found these all broken up on Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands- now a part of Kiribati. It was absolutely forbidden by the DoD authorities to remove artifacts, so most likely the broken pieces are still there. I was unaware of S-42 history for many years, but for several decades I have felt that the dinnerware might be from Musick’s ship. If PAA did have Clipper dinnerware aboard the flights, there is a chance that the restored china would have value.

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Savage Frieze May 7, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I’m wondering about the dates of production for the Sikorsky Pan Am Clippers. My Dad said he worked on the construction under the supervision of a tough old Scotsman. Since he was born in 1923, he had to have been pretty young. He did drop out of high school to help with the wwII war effort. He also claimed to have been a “gopher” on the first helicopter project, was watching as Mr. Sikorsky flew up to retrieve his lunch and deliver his briefcase etc. As my Dad was quite the salesman I’ve often wondered about these stories. He was really fun to go to flight museums with.
Any information would be wonderful!
S.C. Frieze 3rd.

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Andy Christensen Reply:

I can’t help you with the production dates but take a look at my website which has a lot of my father’s old photos. http://theoregonchristensens.com/oldplanes/

It includes the Sikorsky Clippers.

My father worked for Pan Am from 1934 to 1975.

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Carlos Alvarez April 4, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Thank you for waiting for me in his email, wish if possible more photos of the interior of the S42 Sikorsky seaplane.

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Carlos Alvarez February 18, 2013 at 10:44 pm

of Sikorsky S42, I would like to know like this one the engineering in the field of two direction(leadership) rudders.

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Carlos Alvarez February 17, 2013 at 9:51 pm

I ask for a photograph on the cabin of the aircraft Sikorski S42 especially that of navigation.Thank you

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Glenn B. Iverson September 13, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I ave a book about the Flight engineer 95% complete – need pictures of the flight engineers station on the Sikorsky S-42 – can anyone help. Glenn

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James Brand Reply:

National Geographic, December 1936, Page 675

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Glenn B. Iverson Reply:

The photo you recommended is of a flight engineer at his station on an Martin M-130 not the S-42. Glenn

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George E. Warren August 20, 2012 at 1:05 am

Questions at large: Did the CAB investigate and produce a report of the Samoan Clipper disaster? How have we learned that Ed Musick was dumping fuel – did he radio that he intended to do so after discovering the engine problem, to lighten up the fully fueled 42 so he could return to Samoa to land safely? If so, was that his only option, and didn’t the procedure go against the best judgement of the aviation experts, including his? Thank you very much, George Warren.

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John Pare August 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I am trying to identify by name and position the seven crew members who took the S-42B Bermuda Clipper on its first flight carrying U.S. mail from Baltimore to Bermuda on March 16, 1938. I have a document that they signed but some of the signatures are not legible nor do they list their duties aboard the plane.

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Ken Slagle Reply:

John my grandpa Joie Carrero flew 2,173,000 miles in the boats between 1930 and 1940 I know the names of some of the early stewards if that helps.He worked for Pan Am from 1929
to 1980 he was the steward on the first four engine flight for Pan Am Nov 19th 1931 with
Charles Lindbergh-Captain Basil Rowe-Joie Carrero-and John Donahue mechanic -Igor Sikorsky
went for the ride also from Miami to the Cristobal Canal Zone and back.He was Pan Am’s first
million mile club member for stewards and the special guest at Pan Am’s 50 year anniversary
Oct 28th 1977

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Mercedes Kubik March 23, 2012 at 12:39 am

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Karl February 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm

In 1947, my Grandfather purchased an S-42 and converted it into a floating home for a family of five and their dog. There was a hatch door just aft of the cockpit on the port side. I have some cool pictures of the hatch and the home docked in a canal near Miami.

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Bigfootwallace Reply:

Thanks, Karl, for the reply!
What an intriguing idea. Your Grandfather sounds to be an inventive man. I would very much enjoy seeing your photos of the conversion. Would they be emailable (maybe not a word as yet, but it should be). I’m not sure if my email is readily accessible, but if not it is boquillas@verizon.net

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Karl Reply:

Hi Bigfootwallace,
I will try to e-mail you these pix. It will probably be a number of separate e-mails due to file size.
Karl

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Chris Reply:

Hi Karl,

I would love to see some pictures of your Grandfather’s plane. I’ve been toying with a similar idea for a long time and would love to see it in real life. You are the first I’ve heard of someone else having this idea and bringing it to life.

Any chance you could send me some of your pictures? I’d be very appreciative. I’ve been picturing it in my head for years and have tons of sketches, but have yet to see the real thing. Address is chelton504@gmail.com

Thanks, Karl

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Karl Reply:

Hi Chris,
I will try to e-mail you these pix. It will probably be a number of separate e-mails due to file size.
Karl

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Chris Reply:

No problem. I really appreciate it.

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Dan Reply:

Karl
Love to see your pictures of the s-42 conversion. I have seen the martin conversion in Miami.
If you could email to this address I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks
Dan

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George E. Warren Reply:

Hello to you Karl. Karl you have no idea how happy you have made me. I am certain that you have cleared up a ‘back-burner’, mystery that I’ve been trying to resolve since I was a boy. It begins in the late forties when I, as a young boy would accompany my Dad on 2 hour car trips from Miami – to South Bay, near Lake Okechobee, to oversee some farmland. Although there is no relevance, I will mention here that our Dad was a career mechanic with Pan Am who began at the Dinner Key Marine Base, working on flying boats on July 8, 1943, the day I was born. Not surprisingly, I grew up with a strong affinity for airplanes and flying boats, (especially the S-42’s and their distinctive fuselage), that I’m sure rubbed off in the beginning from my Dad. Back to the 2 hour trip: The route to South Bay from Miami was beside and adjacent to, the Miami Canal. (Have you figured out where this is going?) Just out of Miami on this route, lying on the ground, on the narrow easement between the Miami Canal and the road, there was a wingless fuselage of a full size airplane, (facing Southeast toward Miami). I remembered that image well enough to identify it later in my life as an S-40 with square windows or an S-42 with round windows – the two fuselages similar enough to a boy to have to depend on the shape of the windows to identify it. The image in my memory has square windows. I’ve always wondered what the story was behind this landed S-42. It was an impression that I got as a boy each time we passed this airplane beside the road. And then one day it was gone. Please verify for me that this was your Grandfather’s houseboat and tell me if youknew which 42 it was, and what happened to it. I have always wondered what “scrapped” meant where described as such in Pan Am’s archives, and wondered how scrapped others were, when I remember the one beside the Miami Canal in the late forties. If you would Email one picture I would be very appreciative. Thank you. George E. Warren

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Karl Reply:

Hi George,

The pix are up on my Facebook page and open to public viewing! Otherwise send me your e-mail address. I have been remis in sending these pix to those who asked but I will send them out all at once to those who asked.

Since in my iunderstanding that there were on 10 S-42 built and a few were know to have been destroyed there is a high probability that the plane you are refrreing to is in fact the same one in my pictures. I so not know any more details about exactly which one it is as the Miami Herald article deos not detail that nor can my remaining family members recall. KARL

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Karl Reply:

Whoops! Should have speall checked ;-)

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George E. Warren Reply:

Hi Karl. Just read your Aug. 20 reply, to my reply to you, about your Grandfather’s S-42. Thank you sir for your quick response. Learning the explanation about this plane beside Route 27 after more than 60 years was like a breath of fresh air!! I do hate to ask, because of others wanting the same pictures, but I would be very grateful to you if you would Email them to me as well, at your convenience of course at: georgewarren70@netzero.com. I’m curious, did you ever live in Hialeah? – and, would you tell me how I can find the Miami Herald article about this S-42 that you mention in your reply? Reading your first information about this plane’s story has been great – mystery solved!! Thanks Karl. George Warren

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Karl Reply:

I will have to scan the old newspaper article I have and send it. It may take awhile.

No I was 4 when we lived in Florida but I do not know exaclty where. The S-42 was long gone when I came along. I’ willsedn the pix in the next few days, meanwhile can you access my Facebook? Karl

Karl

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Ken McDermott Reply:

Karl,

What is your facebook page? I’d like to see the photos.

Thanks,

Ken

George E. Warren Reply:

Hi Karl. If you will tell me how to access your Facebook site I will do so. Thank you, George

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Doug Miller Reply:

Hi Karl:
I’ve seen pix of your grandfather’s work. Would love to see more. Please email me: panamweb@gmail.com THX!

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Bigfootwallace February 19, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Can anyone tell me how passengers boarded the S-42. One of the above postcard photos appears to be directing passengers to a possible top hatch entrance. Is that correct?

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Brian Nickens Reply:

@ Bigfoot: Passengers entered and exited the S-42 on top of the fuselage near the tail. There was a small hatch and steps that led down into the passenger cabin.

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Bigfootwallace Reply:

Thank you, Brian!

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fred nicolau January 8, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Finding your website was a dream come true. Many Boeing 312 Clippers stoped by Natal, Brazil from 1941 to 1946. Please if you know anybody that can tell us something about them, let me know! Congratulations. As far as I know S-42s never landed in Natal, am I correct? thank you

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John Terras May 16, 2010 at 9:10 am

While going through my late fathers negitives I came across a photo of a PanAm Clipper. I have had little luck identifing which plane it is since the tail number is not visible in the photo. I believe it is a Sikorsky S-42. I think the photo was taken between 1936 and 1941. The photo was taken in Florida. I know that the family had taken a trip to Cuba in 1940 as I have 8mm movies of the trip and the plane. I will send you a ccopy of the photo if you would like. Any information you can give me would be appreciated.
THank you,
John

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Douglas Westfall Reply:

Dear John: If possible, I’d like to see a high-res scan of the photo — and may be able to tell.
Sikorsky S-40s have square windows (three were built) and S-42s have round windows (ten were constructed.) So, from the start you can tell an S-40 from an S-42. All S-40s made it into WWII and were scrapped in 1943 by the navy. Several S-42s crashed, sank, exploded, etc.

Would you be willing to have the 8mm converted to DVD, I’d pay to have it done.

Best Always, Douglas

Douglas Westfall, Publisher
The Paragon Agency, Producers of America’s History

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casey addington Reply:

I stumbled across this post while researching this sea plane . I have great color footage of one landing and being towed on shore . It is on 8mm film . I am looking to sell it and noticed you offered someone else for footage . Hope this finds you let me know .

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Douglas Westfall Reply:

Dear Casey: Yes, what year is the film? Please tell me more or contact me through my email Paragon@SpecialBooks.com or call (714) 771-0652.

Best Regards, Douglas Westfall

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Nick Lappos Reply:

John,
I am sure our folks at the Sikorsky Aircraft archives would like to make copies of your film and photos/negatives. Can you contact me so I can introduce you to them? They can help you out with details, I am sure, as to the exact aircraft, and its history.
Thanks
Nick Lappos
Former Test Pilot, now an executive for Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

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Vanuel G. Baker, USN (Ret) March 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm

While writing my memoir for my grandchildren, I wrote about my brother, sister and myself leaving Dinner Key, bound for San Juan in 1941, aboard an S-42 Clipper. My brother and I were but nine years old, but we were so impressed that we can still remember the trip, as though it were a couple of days ago. A FABULOUS airplane!!!! If you would care for a copy of our trip, please advise. Respectfully, V.G.B.

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Douglas Westfall Reply:

Dear Mr. Baker: I would appreciate hearing your story. I’m presently putting together a book on the clippers during wartime, from the memoirs of a First Radio Officer who flew the Clilppers. — you may have been on the same flight.
Best Regards, Douglas

Douglas Westfall, Publisher
The Paragon Agency, Producers of America’s History

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V. G. Baker Reply:

Good evening Mr. Westfall: I have received your request for my measly info on our trip to P.R. in ‘41. I will contact you Monday. In the meantime, please have a great weekend. Most respectfully, Van Baker,

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Douglas Westfall Reply:

Dear Van: Just received your envelope of your story — thanks it’s really great. I see it has page numbers — is this from a printed story or book?

Thanks again.
Best Always, Doug

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V. G. Baker Reply:

As I mentioned before, it’s part of my memoires to the Grandkids. V. R. VGB

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Douglas Westfall Reply:

Van: Thanks again. Thought maybe you’d be writing a book.
Best, Doug

Douglas Westfall Reply:

Van: You say you traveled to St. Thomas with mary Ann and Dan, your sister and brother. When did your Mother go there?
Best, Doug

Douglas Westfall Reply:

Van: I have two pages layed out for the book, I’d like to show you. It’s a PDF. Where can I send it.
Best, Doug

Douglas Westfall Reply:

Dear Vanuel: PLEASE, that would be incredible. What ever you have would be greatly appreciated.
Douglas Westfall
The Paragon Agency — Producers of “My American History”
P.O. Box 1281
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 771-0652
http://www.SpecialBooks.com

Best Always, Doug

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James Brand Reply:

I’m writing a few chapters about the trip from Miami south to Rio. Would greatly appreciate a copy of the memoir of the flight from Miami to the south.

Jim

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Fred Nicolau Reply:

Hi Mr. Brand,
I am a researcher at the Rampa Foundation in Natal, Brazil.
We don’t have any info about S-42s making regular stops at Natal. Only once, one S-42 “Antilles Clipper” got engine problems and landed close to Natal and got adrift, they were rescued later. Do you have any info regarding which Pan Am plane stoped at Natal regularly? We know that B-314 made regular stops at Natal after Pear harbor attack, but before we don’t know. Panair do Brasil, a Pan Am subsidiary used to stop at Natal with its S.43s. Please, any help is a big help! Thank you. Fred

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DON BARKER February 18, 2010 at 11:05 am

Gret reading. I have an original photograph taken, believe, in Cuba, of NC14716, the beautiful Sweet-sixteen. If you care for a copy of the b/w photograph write to me or mail request to; Don Barker, 304-3rd St SE, CONOVER NC 28613.

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Douglas Westfall Reply:

Dear Mr. Barker: I would really like to see that photo. If the China Clipper (NC14716) then it’s WWII photo or before. The plane crashed in Feb of 1945 in Trinidad. I’m putting together a book on the clippers during wartime, from the memoirs of a First Radio Officer.

Best Regards, Douglas

Douglas Westfall, Publisher
The Paragon Agency, Producers of America’s History

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don barker Reply:

send me your mailing address USPS and I will send you a print. DON

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Douglas Westfall Reply:

Thanks Don:
Douglas Westfall
The Paragon Agency — Producers of “My American History”
P.O. Box 1281
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 771-0652
http://www.SpecialBooks.com

best Always, Doug

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Douglas Westfall Reply:

DON BAKER: Sorry, zipcode is incorrect:
The Paragon Agency
P.O. Box 1281
Orange, CA 92856
Tks, Doug

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don barker Reply:

I wil get you the orig print for you to scam., I I am into photography., not electrnc scanning.

will send it to your orange, ca address….right ?

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don barker Reply:

Douglas…. I have sent Dan Grossman of ATL some prints of sweet sixteen., and he is going to post it on his webpage or internet…. if you wish a print, contact me,
at the address noted above., the zip code is 28616
CONOVER NC, THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN (I later found out) at Pearl H area., above the aircraft are around 15 Navy aircraft flying overhead, going west… most likely to a carrier or on training mission. the NC-16 is shown parked at the dock. advise/

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don barker Reply:

the NC # is 14716., and one should know if its round windows or sq, as the N number cannot be transferred.. this is SWEET SIXTEEN… I do have the small orig print, if you need that for scanning, but the re-scan if beautiful. advise., dbarker

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Douglas Westfall Reply:

Dear Don: That’s the China Clipper alright, an M-130 and the first one delivered in Oct of 1935. Crashed upon landing Jan 1945 at Trinidad — 23 of 30 died. A scan would be better — I require 300dpi at size. So a 4×5 would be scanned at 200%. I cannot scan an inkjet print. What ever you can do would be greatly appreciated.
Best Always, Douglas

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don barker Reply:

THE PRINT i have is ljust like the one that Dan Grossman tacked up on web-site.,
How did that happen… my print was found in trunk., and looks just like the one Dan has, even the same # on orig print

could it be that PAA just gave these out for all to have ????

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Douglas Westfall Reply:

Don: Unless you have a negative from a private photo, there could be hundreds. What is his website URL?
Best, Doug

Dan Reply:

It’s THIS WEBSITE. :-)

don barker Reply:

let me find his url.

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Dan Reply:

It’s THIS SITE, the one you are on.

Click the “China Clipper” link in the navigation menu, to the left of this page. (You will need to scroll up to the top of the page, obviously.)

James Brand Reply:

I would love a copy. I’m writing a few chapters in my mother’s bio. involving a trip south from Miami.

Jim

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Jim Schultejans December 7, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Guys,
I am new to researching flying boats, but another great book, “Night Over Water”, by Ken Follett has got me going. Flying boats are definitely cool! Do you think there is any chance at all that someone will build a couple to be used as high-end vacation travel?

Picture it. Leave Boston, or some other east coast city, and land in some lagoon in the caribean, taxing up to the beach, yards away from your palm frond cabin! I’d pay for it.

Thanks for setting up a great site! Mr. McClay, your books are next on my list!

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Jill Luckey November 16, 2009 at 2:25 pm

I have a photo (actually two) signed and dated (11/20/31). One signature is definitely Lindbergh’s and the other one apparently is by the other pilot which I can’t make out although I think his first initial is “Y”. On the back is written “American Clipper at ______ Fuegos, Cuba. _______ Chas. Lindbergh Chief Pilot Nov. 20 1931 enroute Miami to Jamaica – Maiden Voyage. Passengers E.D. Rea (from Fort Myers, FL) and Alice Davenport.” I can’t make out the words in two places. Since the photos pre-date the above info, can you give me any more information. The photos were given to my mother-in-law (who was a private duty nurse) by Mrs. Rea.

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Doug Miller Reply:

Hi Jill:
If you would, please get back to me at panamweb@gmail.com about your photos. Thanks much,
Doug Miller

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randy gibb September 14, 2009 at 1:09 pm

I am writing a book on ‘aviation visual perception’ and would like to use the photo on this webpage of the S-42…I discuss a mishap in the san juan harbor from 1941 involving a flying clipper. May I use the photo? I will reference this webpage.
many thanks
rg

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Jamie Dodson July 7, 2009 at 4:11 pm

What a great airplane! It was a co-star in my first Pan Am novel, ‘Flying Boats & Spies’. Captain Ed Musick was quoted as saying, “It’s my favorite Clipper. She got the stuff and handles as sweet as you please.” It’s a shame the S-42 fuel dump system was so treacherous. We may never know what happened to the Samoan Clipper but we do know it happened during fuel dumping off Samoa and killed all aboard. My next Pan Am Clipper novel is due for release in September. It’s called the “CHINA CLIPPER.” More about the M-130 but still an accurate historical fiction novel. Thanks for sharing your website and you expertise.

Cheers! Jamie

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David "Mac" McLay Reply:

Good Day, Jamie —
Please let me know when your new PAA novel is published, and I can relay the info to our Clipper Pioneers (retired PAA cockpit crewmember) site. Many thanks. Where can I find “Flying Boats and Spies”?

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Jamie Dodson Reply:

David “Mac” McLay,

Thank you for your interest. Please visit my website at http://www.nickgrantadventures.com for ordering information. If you order from me, vice the other retail websites, I can sign and dedicate the copy to whomever you wish.

Can you tell me a bit about your career with Pan Am? I’m just back from Oshkosh, and met many retired and former Pan Am employees. I was no more that a passenger and rode in the back… ;o). However, I am a member of the Pan Am Historical Foundation and American Aviation Historical Society.

Cheers! Jamie

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