Sikorsky JRS-1

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    Sikorsky JRS-1

    Amphibious transport and patrol flying boat Wingspan: 26.2m (86ft) Length: 15.8m (51ft 11in) Height: 5.4m (17ft 7in) Weight: Empty, 6236.4kg (13,749lb), Gross, 8,845kg (19,500lb) Engine: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1690 radial engines, 559.3kW (750hp)

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    Sikorsky JRS-1

    Amphibious transport and patrol flying boat Wingspan: 26.2m (86ft) Length: 15.8m (51ft 11in) Height: 5.4m (17ft 7in) Weight: Empty, 6236.4kg (13,749lb), Gross, 8,845kg (19,500lb) Engine: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1690 radial engines, 559.3kW (750hp)

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    Sikorsky JRS-1

    Amphibious transport and patrol flying boat Wingspan: 26.2m (86ft) Length: 15.8m (51ft 11in) Height: 5.4m (17ft 7in) Weight: Empty, 6236.4kg (13,749lb), Gross, 8,845kg (19,500lb) Engine: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1690 radial engines, 559.3kW (750hp)

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    Sikorsky JRS-1

    Amphibious transport and patrol flying boat Wingspan: 26.2m (86ft) Length: 15.8m (51ft 11in) Height: 5.4m (17ft 7in) Weight: Empty, 6236.4kg (13,749lb), Gross, 8,845kg (19,500lb) Engine: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1690 radial engines, 559.3kW (750hp)

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    Sikorsky JRS-1

    Amphibious transport and patrol flying boat Wingspan: 26.2m (86ft) Length: 15.8m (51ft 11in) Height: 5.4m (17ft 7in) Weight: Empty, 6236.4kg (13,749lb), Gross, 8,845kg (19,500lb) Engine: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1690 radial engines, 559.3kW (750hp)

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    Sikorsky JRS-1

    Amphibious transport and patrol flying boat Wingspan: 26.2m (86ft) Length: 15.8m (51ft 11in) Height: 5.4m (17ft 7in) Weight: Empty, 6236.4kg (13,749lb), Gross, 8,845kg (19,500lb) Engine: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1690 radial engines, 559.3kW (750hp)

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    Sikorsky JRS-1

    Amphibious transport and patrol flying boat Wingspan: 26.2m (86ft) Length: 15.8m (51ft 11in) Height: 5.4m (17ft 7in) Weight: Empty, 6236.4kg (13,749lb), Gross, 8,845kg (19,500lb) Engine: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1690 radial engines, 559.3kW (750hp)

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    Sikorsky JRS-1

    Amphibious transport and patrol flying boat Wingspan: 26.2m (86ft) Length: 15.8m (51ft 11in) Height: 5.4m (17ft 7in) Weight: Empty, 6236.4kg (13,749lb), Gross, 8,845kg (19,500lb) Engine: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1690 radial engines, 559.3kW (750hp)

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    Sikorsky JRS-1

    Amphibious transport and patrol flying boat Wingspan: 26.2m (86ft) Length: 15.8m (51ft 11in) Height: 5.4m (17ft 7in) Weight: Empty, 6236.4kg (13,749lb), Gross, 8,845kg (19,500lb) Engine: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1690 radial engines, 559.3kW (750hp)

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    Sikorsky JRS-1

    Amphibious transport and patrol flying boat Wingspan: 26.2m (86ft) Length: 15.8m (51ft 11in) Height: 5.4m (17ft 7in) Weight: Empty, 6236.4kg (13,749lb), Gross, 8,845kg (19,500lb) Engine: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1690 radial engines, 559.3kW (750hp)

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    Sikorsky JRS-1

    The center wing section is lifted into position to be installed on the Sikorsky JRS-1 in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.
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    Sikorsky JRS-1 Gets a Right Engine

    Museum collections specialists mount the right-hand engine on the Sikorsky JRS-1 float plane inside the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. This photo was taken on August 20, 2012. This JRS-1 is the only aircraft in our collection that was stationed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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    Sikorsky JRS-1 Assembly in Restoration Hangar

    Museum Collections staff prepare to lift by crane one of two 750-horsepower Pratt & Whitney R-1690 air-cooled radial engines for mounting on the Sikorsky JRS-1 float plane as visitors watch from the overlook. The aircraft is being assembled inside the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. This photo was taken on August 20, 2012. This JRS-1 is the only aircraft in our collection that was stationed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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    Sikorsky JRS-1 Assembly - Mounting the Right Engine

    Museum collections staff mount the right engine on the Sikorsky JRS-1 float plane inside the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. This photo was taken on August 20, 2012. This JRS-1 is the only aircraft in our collection that was stationed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

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    Sikorsky JRS-1 Assembly - Mounting the Right Engine

    Collections staff mount the right engine on the Sikorsky JRS-1 float plane inside the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. This photo was taken on August 20, 2012. This JRS-1 is the only aircraft in our collection that was stationed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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    Sikorsky JRS-1 Assembly

    Museum collections staff mount the right engine on the Sikorsky JRS-1 float plane inside the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. This photo was taken on August 20, 2012. This JRS-1 is the only aircraft in our collection that was stationed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

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    Sikorksky JRS-1 Engine

    Collections staff mount the right engine on the Sikorsky JRS-1 float plane inside the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. This photo was taken on August 20, 2012. This JRS-1 is the only aircraft in our collection that was stationed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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    Sikorksky JRS-1 and Engine

    The second of two Pratt & Whitney R-1690 engines is prepared for mounting on the Sikorsky JRS-1 float plane inside the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. This photo was taken on August 20, 2012. This JRS-1 is the only aircraft in our collection that was stationed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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    Sikorsky JRS-1 Assembly - Floats

    The Sikorsky JRS-1 with floats installed is almost fully assembled inside the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. This photo was taken on August 31, 2012. This JRS-1 is the only aircraft in our collection that was stationed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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    Sikorsky JRS-1 in Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar

    The Sikorsky JRS-1, just after floats were installed, is almost fully assembled inside the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. This photo was taken on August 31, 2012. This JRS-1 is the only aircraft in our collection that was stationed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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    Pearl Harbor Veteran - Sikorsky JRS-1

    Remembering Pearl Harbor with the only survivor of the December 7, 1941 attack in our collection, the Sikorsky JRS-1. The aircraft is being reassembled in our Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and is on view from the visitor overlook.
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    Sikorsky JRS-1 in Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar

    Museum technician Patrick Robinson talks about restoration plans for the Sikorsky JRS-1, the only Pearl Harbor survivor in the collection.

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    Sikorsky JRS-1 in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar

    This Sikorsky JRS-1 is the only aircraft in the museum collection that was stationed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

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    Sikorsky JRS-1

    The JRS-1 "flew" briefly as it was removed from the transport truck and touched down in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar in the spring of 2011.
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    Sikorsky JRS-1

    Sikorsky JRS-1
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    Sikorsky JRS-1 Arrival at Udvar-Hazy Center

    The Sikorsky JRS-1 arriving at the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. In what may be the last “flight" of the JRS-1, the team steadies the fuselage in preparation for rotating it 180 degrees.
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    Sikorsky JRS-1 Arrival at Udvar-Hazy Center

    On March 8, 2011, the Sikorsky JRS-1 was transferred from the Museum's Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration and Storage facility in Suitland, MD to the new Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. Here, the Sikorsky JRS-1 is backed into the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar for offloading.
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    Sikorsky JRS-1 Transferred to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

    On March 8, 2011, the Sikorsky JRS-1 was transferred from the Museum's Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration and Storage facility in Suitland, MD to the new Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. Here, the Sikorsky JRS-1 fuselage arrives at the Udvar-Hazy Center.
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    Sikorsky JRS-1 and Move Team in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar

    After a job well done, the team that moved the aircraft pose in front of the Sikorsky JRS-1, now in position inside the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar.
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    Sikorsky JRS-1 Prepared to Offload at Udvar-Hazy Center

    Collections staff prepare to offload the Sikorsky JRS-1 inside the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
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    Doug Erickson Interviewed During Sikorsky JRS-1 Move to Udvar-Hazy Center

    Collections Specialist Doug Erickson is interviewed while Public Affairs Specialist, Frank McNally, looks on.
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    Offloading Sikorsky JRS-1

    Museum Technician, Pat Robinson, grabs a strap to help steady the aircraft as it is lifted off of the flatbed trailer. March 8, 2011.
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    Moving the Sikorsky JRS-1

    On March 8, 2011, the Sikorsky JRS-1 was transferred from the Museum's Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration and Storage facility in Suitland, MD to the new Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. Rather than remove the engines from their mounting rings, Collections staff pulled the engine mounts from the nacelles at the front of the wing.  This allowed them to rotate each engine vertically and utilize the four point mount itself as a stand. 
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    Sikorsky JRS-1 Hull

    On March 8, 2011, the Sikorsky JRS-1 was transferred from the Museum's Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration and Storage facility in Suitland, MD to the new Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. Here, the Sikorsky JRS-1 hull is secured to transport trailer.
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    Sikorsky JRS-1

    Sikorsky JRS-1 in storage at the Paul E. Garber Facility.
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    Sikorsky JRS-1 Wing Center Section

    Collections staff remove the Sikorsky JRS-1 wing center section in preparation for the move from the Museum's Paul E. Garber Facility to the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
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Display Status:

This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Boeing Aviation Hangar

This amphibious seaplane is the only aircraft in the Museum that was at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. Ten JRS-1s were at the U.S. naval base when the Japanese attacked during World War II. The Navy immediately sent these unarmed utility craft to search for the enemy fleet. The JRS-1 (used 1937-1944) is the military version of the Sikorsky S-43 "Baby Clipper."

On the day of the attack, the plane wore a very colorful paint job: silver overall, black on the bottom, green tail surfaces, a red band around the rear of the fuselage, and the diamond-shaped squadron insignia behind the cockpit on each side. A few days after the attack, ground crew repainted the plane blue, but it has weathered and the original paint is peeking through. The JRS-1’s current condition is due to many years of storage outside. The Museum intends to conserve and restore the plane.

Transferred from the U.S. Navy, Bureau of Weapons

Wingspan:86 ft (26.2 m)

Length: 51 ft 11 in (15.8 m)

Height:17 ft 7 in (5.4 m)

Weight, empty:13,749 lb (6,236 kg)

Weight, gross:19,500 lb (8,845 kg)

Engines:2 Pratt & Whitney R-1690 Hornet radials, 750 hp (559 kW) each

Manufacturer:Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, CT

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