Project Profile: The Yankee Clipper
In its heyday, the famous Yankee Clipper was the world’s largest passenger aircraft and represented the glamor of air travel. Today, the Foynes Flying Boat Museum honors its memory by preserving a full-scale replica with Icynene spray foam insulation.
On July 9, 1939, the Pan American World Airways luxury long-range Yankee Clipper landed at Foynes, a small village less than 25 miles (40 km) from the city of Limerick in Ireland. The Yankee Clipper’s landing at Foynes was one of the first direct commercial passenger flights between the United States and Europe.
Remembering local history
The Foynes Flying Boat Museum sought to mark the historical landing at Foynes by building a full-size timber replica model of the Yankee Clipper with the same internal and external finishes of the original aircraft. However, over time the replica was exposed to damage from wind driven rain and deterioration. In 2015, the museum embarked on a full restoration of the aircraft to bring it back to its former glory.
The museum consulted with local Icynene spray foam insulation contractors to determine the plausibility of using spray foam insulation in the replica. The Icynene contractors identified that Icynene Classic open cell spray foam was an ideal solution due to its air sealing properties and lightweight composition. Icynene spray crews successfully
applied the open cell spray foam product between the external and internal cladding for a complete air seal of the aircraft.
Upon completion, museum management recognized the value of including Icynene spray foam insulation into the aircraft. The museum’s management cite that the foam has given the replica a real life feel, have noted that the aircraft is much sturdier and much more comfortable for the thousands of visitors that pass through each year.