|Sikorsky JRS-1 'Pearl Harbour veteran'|
are very few really historic flying boats around today and
this is one of the very finest examples, the Sikorsky JRS-1 (the
military version of the S-43 'Baby Clipper') on
display at the Smithsonian Museum's Restoration facility in
This particular 'boat was based at Pearl Harbour on 7th December 1941 and flew around the area during and after the Japanese attack that morning with a bevy of soldiers onboard in search of aircraft to shoot at!
Subsequently, it was rapidly re-painted in a Navy Blue and Grey scheme, covering the bright overall silver colour scheme with colourful squadron hull and tail markings - which incidentally after being 'stored' outside in all weathers for over 40 years you can begin to make out the original outlines of them in these spectacular walk-round images - shot by long-term correspondent and supporter of SEAWINGS, Canadian-based Alex Norton recently in 2017.
These images represent some of the finest I have ever had the pleasure to host; Alex, you have done a cracking job on these, first-class. And, if that were not enough - due to the lighting conditions within the display area - Alex has very kindly provided some 'colour-adjusted' images to more represent the actual 'feel' of the 'boat when viewed directly in the display hall.
I could not make my mind up which image colour set to go with so have provided both as there are significant details of the 'boat to be seen in each image, let alone the colour.
It is very pleasing to see that she is now positioned for much better visitor access to her than in Alex's original 2014 visit and represents much better value for the photographer as seen in these stunning shots.
Alex, sometimes a simply 'Thank you' just does not seem enough, but it's all I have so......Thank You!.
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