Airways Boeing 80
None of the
references I have indicate that NPA ever operated a Boeing 80 (or 80-A)
here is clear evidence from the
Jerry Ellinghouse collection (via Craig Neumayer) that they did!
Craig also dug up a newspaper clipping dated 6 July 1937
indicatiing that this aircraft was used
to resume regular aerial scenic
tours over Yellowstone National Park originating and terminating
at West Yellowstone
Airport. I believe that WAE had N7138 on its books well
into the 1930s
and hence I am guessing that it was this machine was either leased or
sold to NPA at that time.
Frankly, I doubt whether they are many folks alive today (2011) who can
thow much light on this
story. The aircraft appears to be
a Pratt & Whitney Wasp powered Model 80 rather than a 80-A
(see photos below).