|No indication is given on our photo of the location, but if I had to guess, I'd|
say Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
By the time that the first S-40 flew its maiden flight, on November 19, 1931, Sikorsky was envisioning an even better aircraft. Besides Sikorsky himself, Charles Lindbergh was also on board the S-40 for that first flight. Lindbergh worked for Trippe as a consultant, and as the story goes, the two of them sat in the S-40's lounge and together sketched out the next project, one that would truly be a trans-oceanic airliner.
|Close-up of the S-42; this scan has been over-processed in order to bring out details|
not easily seen in the faded original image.
Of the ten built, four were destroyed in accidents, and the remaining six were scrapped.