The Vought Sikorsky VS-44 was a United States trans Atlantic flying boat airliner that entered service in 1942. Only three were built but they were the epitome of pre-war aviation style and luxury.
The Vought Sikorsky VS-44 was the follow on from the Sikorsky S-42 flying boat which had achieved a great deal of success in the early to mid 1930s. It was based on a prototype patrol bomber made for the US Navy which did not enter production.
American Export Airlines (a subsidiary of a shipping company) ordered three VS-44s which could carry 47 passengers during the day and 24 when fitted for night flying.
They were fitted to a high standard of luxury and flew direct across the Atlantic Ocean.
When the United States entered the war the were impressed into military service but continued trans Atlantic flights.
This model represents the American Export Airliners VS-44 ‘Excambian’ in 1942.
Anigrand 1/144 kit completed by Leigh Edmonds in May 2023.