Sikorsky S-39

June 3, 2022

Sikorsky S-39

Sikorsky S-39

Sikorsky S-39, Coast Guard Photo Number 10-22-30(02); "S-39 Amphibian lent to the U.S. Coast Guard for aerial patrol of International Yacht Race, beginning September 13, 1930, off Newport, R.I."


Sikorsky lent the U.S. Coast Guard a single S-39 amphibian so the service could conduct an aerial patrol of the International Yacht Race, beginning 13 September 1930, off Newport, RI.  

The Coast Guard later acquired a S-39 for permanent service in 1934 when it received 15 miscellaneous aircraft confiscated by U.S. Customs from smugglers.


Arthur Pearcy, U.S. Coast Guard Aircraft Since 1916 (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1991), pp. 320-321.

Gordon Swanborough & Peter M. Bowers.  United States Navy Aircraft Since 1911 (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1990) (revised), pp. 432-435.