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Explorer's Air Yacht: The Sikorsky S-38 Flying Boat Paperback – January 1, 1996


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  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Pictorial Histories Publishing Co.; First American Edition edition (January 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929521978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929521978
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,756,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Historical archaeologist P.J. Capelotti of Penn State University is author or editor of more than a dozen non-fiction histories, including By Airship to the North Pole: an archaeology of human exploration (1999), Sea Drift: Rafting Adventures in the Wake of Kon-Tiki (2001), Life and Death on the Greenland Patrol (2005), The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses (2010), and Shipwreck at Cape Flora: The Arctic expeditions of England's forgotten explorer, Benjamin Leigh Smith (forthcoming in 2013).  His theory of archaeological research in space: The Human Archaeology of Space, was published in 2010 by McFarland.  A volume of essays and poetry, Gods Meadow: a summer of poems on the edge of Oslo fjord, was published in 2005, and his first novel, Nautilus: a modern sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, has been described by Clive Cussler as "an amazing tale filled with enigmas filled with riddles and dark mysteries. Truly a fascinating read."

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Historical archaeologist P.J. Capelotti, Professor of Anthropology at Penn State University, Abington College, is author or editor of more than a dozen non-fiction histories, including By Airship to the North Pole: an archaeology of human exploration (1999), Sea Drift: Rafting Adventures in the Wake of Kon-Tiki (2001), Life and Death on the Greenland Patrol (2005), The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses (2010), and Shipwreck at Cape Flora: The expeditions of Benjamin Leigh Smith, England's forgotten explorer, (2013). His theory of archaeological research in space: The Human Archaeology of Space, was published in 2010 by McFarland. A volume of essays and poetry, Gods Meadow: a summer of poems on the edge of Oslo fjord, was published in 2005, and his first novel, Nautilus: a modern sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, has been described by Clive Cussler as "an amazing tale filled with enigmas filled with riddles and dark mysteries. Truly a fascinating read." Nautilus will appear under the pen name Pete Shaw.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
I've been reading and re-reading this book numerous time since I first got hold of a copy. It tells the story of how Igor Sikorsky, America's great golden age aircraft designer developed the S-38 amphibian after a long series of "One-of" aircraft. This was during the 1920s, and the S-38 was the first to enter series production. Numerous airlines bought the aircraft for use all over the world; hawaii, china, Brazil. A number of explorers made highly publicised, but mostly ill-fated attempts to cross the atlantic using the S-38. There was Gast and Cramer who were publiised by The Chicago Tribune and their airplane "The untin bowler" ended up being crushed in an ice flow in Labrador. There was some looney showbiz family that bought an S-38 for the first crossing of the Atlantic by a family. And there were the Johnson's who bought two S-38s and had them decorated in leopard motif and flew them all over the Serengetti plane chasing giraffes and zebras. Models o their aircraft were featured prominently last year in one of the airplane model magazines. I think anybody who enjoys reading about aviation and likes getting a little off the beaten path will love this book!
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