This model of a Sikorsky VS-44A flying boat is painted with Catalina Airlines colors. Known as “Mother Goose,” it flew under the colors of Catalina Airlines/Avalon Air Transport for much of its career. The aircraft typically flew from Long Beach to Avalon daily from 1957 to 1968. It is one of only three built in 1942. It also served as a Navy transport flying between New York and Ireland before being flown to South America where it was to deliver supplies to the Amazon. That didn’t work out, and it was purchased by Catalina Airlines and flown back to Long Beach where it was returned to passenger service.

Exhibit added: May 28, 2014 - Last modified: April 28, 2023

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship