Built by Sikorsky as a JRS-1 completed on July 12, 1938. Constructors Number 4346. On July 28, 1938 Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as Bureau Number 1063. This aircraft was painted with blue upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces.
On August 3, 1938 assigned to squadron VJ-1 at NAS San Diego with the squadron insignia of a pelican carrying a mailbag. During July 1940 flown to NAS Ford Island as one of ten based at Pearl Harbor.
On June 3, 1941 this aircraft suffered a ground accident and was repaired.
On December 7, 1941 this aircraft was parked at NAS Ford Island and survived the Japanese surprise attack undamaged. Afterwards, modified to carry depth charges and used for patrol missions to search for Japanese warships and submarines in the Pacific Ocean off Oahu.
This aircraft ceased flying combat missions on September 5, 1942. Afterwards, shipped to California for a complete overhaul. Afterwards, assigned to Airship Wing 31 based at Moffett Field. Stricken on August 31, 1944 with 1,850 hours.
During March 1945, placed into storage at Bush Field in Augusta, GA. During April 26, 1945 until November 20, 1946 assigned to NACA Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory at Langley Field. Afterwards returned to storage at Bush Field. On November 9, 1960 transfered to the Smithsonian Institution and placed into storage at NASM Garber Facility.
During 2011, moved to NASM Udvar-Hazy Center to the
Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar.
Joe Baugher's Navy Aircraft Serial Number lists - Sikorsky JRS-1 1063
NASM Sikorsky JRS-1
The Washington Post "After Pearl Harbor, this mail plane had a new mission: Find the attackers" by Michael E. Ruane December 2, 2016
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January 9, 2018