The 8-9 passengers S-38 amphibian was the first commercial success of Igor Sikorsky’s company. First flown in 1928 and introduced into service the same year, this clumsy looking sesquiplane yet utterly trusty aircraft was employed by the iconic Pan American airways, wealthy private owners and the US. military services.
This magnificent S-38 is a replica of Martin and Osa Johnson’s zebra striped “Osa’s Ark” flying yacht which made -with a S-39- a number of famous expedition flights over Africa in the early 1930’s. The Johnson’s captured the public imagination through films and books of adventure in exotic lands.