The S-43 was a twin engine amphibious aircraft manufactured during the 1930s by Sikorsky Aircraft. The S-43 was a smaller version of the Sikorsky S-42, and accommodated between 18 and 25 passengers, with a separate two-crew forward cockpit. The S-43 was known as the ""Baby Clipper"" in airline service. Approximately 53 S-43s were built, and they were primarily used by Pan Am Airlines for flights to Cuba and within Latin America. This specific model is painted in the Pan Am paint scheme. Pan American World Airways was founded in 1927 as a scheduled air mail and passenger service operating between Key West FL and Havana, Cuba. The airline has become a major company credited with many innovations that shaped the international airline industry, including the widespread use of jet aircraft, jumbo jets, and computerized reservation systems.
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!