Aeronautics: Biggest Clipper

Complete and gleaming on the floor of the Sikorsky plant in Bridgeport, Conn. last week stood the biggest passenger airplane ever built in the U. S.

First of six new "clippers"' ordered by Pan American Airways, the 8-42 is a duralumin flying boat with four cowled engines set into the leading edge of its single wing. Its wingspan is 114 ft. 2 in., its length 76 ft. Tanks in the wings carry 1.250 gal. of fuel. With tanks full, a crew of five, 32 passengers, 1,000 Ib. of mail, the 8-42 will weigh...

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