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Sikorsky S-38 Amphibious Aeroplane. by Edward Denyer

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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


  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 2 years ago

    What a lovely plane dear Ted,and nice narrative.x

  • Thank you Catherine and for the Fav. too. – Ted x

    – Edward Denyer

  • mike  jordan.
    mike jordan.over 2 years ago

    Excellent Capture Ted….Mike

  • Thanks Mike. – Ted

    – Edward Denyer

  • Stuart Baxter
    Stuart Baxterover 2 years ago

    I love the Zebra stripes…

  • Thanks Stuart. Colour scheme of the African Film Makers plane. – Ted

    – Edward Denyer

  • Ian Creek
    Ian Creekover 2 years ago

    Great shot Ed !

  • Thanks Ian and for the fav too. – Ted

    – Edward Denyer

  • robmac
    robmacover 2 years ago

    Unusual looking plane Ted A great shot

  • Certainly is a strange configuration. Thanks for the comment Rob. – Ted

    – Edward Denyer

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...over 2 years ago

    A Rare Sight Ted !!
    Brilliant Work !

  • Thank you Colin. – Ted

    – Edward Denyer

  • Colin Smedley
    Colin Smedleyover 2 years ago

    Very nice Ted!

  • Thanks Colin. – Ted

    – Edward Denyer

  • fototaker
    fototakerover 2 years ago

    so kind of you to give the history of the aircraft and what an unique and color past it has had! i DO hope it will arrive one day in San Francisco (while i am here) so i can see this fantastic plane. great image!! i’ve love to see what type of mileage it gets with those engines!!

  • Thank you for the comment. It is a quaint looking aeroplane. Here is the information you asked about. _ Ted
    Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp 9-cylinder air-cooled radial engines, 400 hp (298 kW) each. Performance: Maximum speed: 104 knots (120 mph, 192 km/h)
    Range: 648 nm (750 miles, 1,200 km)

    – Edward Denyer

  • vigor
    vigorabout 2 years ago

    What a cool looking plane, looks like you had a great time!!!

  • Thank you. Yes we did have a good time with some other RB membvers at this great day out. – Ted

    – Edward Denyer

  • billfox256
    billfox256almost 2 years ago

    What an extraordinary aircraft!!!! It must be a real thrill to fly!!!! An outstanding capture!!!! Bill

  • Thanks Bill. It was very noisy. – Ted

    – Edward Denyer

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