Port Washington Aviation History

Sikorsky

Pan Am's Sikorsky S-42B In Hangar

arch068Photo from the collection of Willard Baker.

Pan American's Sikorsky S-42B in Water, 1937

arch066The “Bermuda Clipper” had the Pan American number NC16735.

Plaque at Town Dock Commemorating 1st Commercial Flights Across Atlantic, July 9, 1939

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To commemorate the achievement of the first commercial survey flights made across the North Atlantic jointly by Pan American Airways and Imperial Airways*

*Forerunner of British Overseas Airways Corporation

Piloted by Captain Harold E. Gray, the Pan American Sikorsky S-42B Clipper flying boat departed from Port Washington and arrived at Foynes, Ireland, July 9, 1937.

Piloted by Captain Arthur S. Wilcockson, the Imperial Airways Short ‘G’ Class flying boat “Caledonia” arrived at Port Washington on this date from Foynes.

Thus was pioneered the beginning of a new era in communications between the peoples of the world.

Erected by the Wings Club, 1969.

Photo courtesy of Will Wright.

Sikorsky S-42

fom196Built by Sikorsky Aircraft Co., this plane was used for Pan American’s first flights from Port Washington to Bermuda in 1937 and for transatlantic survey flights.

Passengers Board a Sikorsky S-42B, June 12, 1937

arch67Photo from the estate of Willard Baker.