Airways Consolidated 16-1 Commodore NC669M
Pan American's CEO Juan Trippe was a firm believer in
"expansion through acquisition", and
August 1930 he purchased the NYRBA Line (New York, Rio and Buenos Aires
it came a fleet of 14 Consolidated Commodores, plus the elimination of
on the Miami to Buenos Aires route. To be quite blunt, Juan
Trippe held Postmaster General
Folger Brown in the palm of his hand so poor old NYRBA didn't stand a
acquiring the lucrative air mail subsidy to run the mails down the east
coast of South America,
even though founder Capt Ralph O'Neill (a former Boeing salesman) had
developed the route.
Am was also developing routes along this same coast, as can be
before the merger became quite strained between the two
companies. What little material
on NYRBA will be posted on this site at a later date. The above
shot is quite common,
although the lower one (of NC663M, c/n 7) is rarer and
shows the aircraft "up on the step"
prior to take off.