Mastercraft Collection: VS-44 American Export Airlines..
Wingspan: 15 inches
Length: 9.5 inches
The Sikorsky VS-44 was a large four-engined flying boat built in the USA in the early 1940s; three units were produced: Excalibur, Excambian, and Exeter. The VS-44 was designed primarily for the trans-Atlantic passenger market, with a capacity of 40+ passengers. The VS-44 was 30 mph faster than its competition and could fly an average payload more than 4,000 miles, giving it the longest full-payload range of any aircraft. In addition, the VS-44 brought home several new world records after it went into operation. Unfortunately, they missed out on a Pan Am contract, and because of this the VS-44Ős had limited production and would never recoup the development costs.
This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen. Perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!