Eastern Air Transport
Pitcairn PA-8 NC10751
president of North American Aviation at the time of the purchase of
division was Clement M. Keys. He was, at the time, intent on
building a vast airline
empire. One of
his first acts was to change the name of Pitcairn Aviation to that of
As indicated earlier, the fledgling airline had a motley fleet of some
The PA-8 was one of the first
of the airline's new purchases and was an improved version of
the earlier PA-5 Mailwing.
Several Super Mailwings were purchased in 1930 for the sole
purpose of carrying
mail.. The upgraded aircraft had a far greater payload than
and was able to
operate at increased speeds and with longer range.