The Sikorsky S-38 was an American twin-engined 8 to 10-seat amphibious aircraft. It was sometimes called “The Explorer’s Air Yacht” and was Sikorsky’s first widely produced amphibious flying boat which in addition to serving successfully for Pan American Airways and the U.S. Army, also had numerous private owners who received notoriety for their exploits one of whom were the filmmakers Martin and Osa Johnson, in the zebra-striped S-38 “Osa’s Ark”, with companion giraffe-patterned S-39 “Spirit of Africa”, they explored Africa extensively, making safari movies and books.
Two crew members and can carry up to 10 passengers.
This S-38 replica of “Osa’s Ark” is currently touring the world with it’s present owner.
Taken at Duxford Flying Ledgends 30/6/12
Camera: Olympus SP-570UZ