Post by leylandspurr on Mar 4, 2012 9:19:58 GMT -5
Think you have it right, Bruce. The float struts are very different from those on the "Mars".
Here are some scans from an excellent booklet by Flying Machines Press, "Sikorsky VS-44 Flying Boat" by Harry Pember, which not only gives a brief history of the type, but also details the restoration project on "Excambian" (by some of the men who originally built her) which is the machine in the New England Air Museum at Windsor Locks, Connecticut (your link, above). I made the "pilgrimage" to see her last year and she - and the rest of the museum - are well worth a visit.
The design originated as a development of the XPBS-1 (which never got beyond the prototype stage) and it was intended that military versions would be referred to as JR2S-1 although I'm not sure if that designation was ever used (the production contract was cancelled) and only original civilian VS-44s were used for "military" purposes during WW2.
The only photo I have of a "military" finish:
Cover painting from the book:
Incidentally "Excambian" was owned and operated by Avalon Air Transport, around the island of Catalina, and was known as "Mother Goose" as they also had a fleet of Grumman Geese. Later she belonged to Antilles Air Boats who were run by Charles Blair and, later still, his widow Maureen O'Hara.
There is an FS2004 version by George Diemer and a portover that works OK in FSX, together with various paints.
Thanx Leyland.Good sleuth work!! .......We recall in WW 2, the black silhouette cut out cards??...this would have been a tough one then as it was now ...they were great "FLYING BOATS"evolving into the most distinctive of them all...The Hughes "SPRUCE GOOSE"".....Vin...Cheers !!
Here in FS9....Ya can wave to That Irish Lass,Darling Maureen!!... ...I did not recall that it was an amphibian???..But here it is!..In FS9 in all its magnificence!!!.Again, Thanx guys!! Vin
Post by leylandspurr on Mar 4, 2012 13:23:43 GMT -5
Vin, the wheels are just a 'beaching trolley' but in the simulator world, if you want to use them on a hard runway.................who cares! (ho, ho, ho) I use those trolleys to run up onto the beach when I land in a bay with no pontoon/pier. You can explore for days that way, just park on the beach and 'save' then return next day to carry on the flight. Leyland
Post by leylandspurr on Mar 7, 2012 7:52:02 GMT -5
Alan, Two military paints (one blue and one silver) were a seperate upload (can't remember where or by whom, sorry) that I combined with the two civilian ones into one aircraft folder. If you can't find the military ones at any of 'the usual suspects', send me a PM with your email address and I'll zip them up for you.
Post by railrunner130 on Mar 8, 2012 18:51:38 GMT -5
Bruce please do!
I had a neigbor that used to tell me all kinds of stories about different adventures and different airplanes that he flew in the 70 or so years of flying he did. He passed away over a year ago. When he did, my only question was "What happened to his book?" Turns out his son got it and was planning on publishing it. Hopefully someday we'll read it.