Panair do Brasil were also guilty of cropping
many of the photographs which they kindly provided
me in the
late 1940s. Nevertheless this is an evocative shot of one of
only two Electras which they
standing outside the terminal at Santos Dumont Airport in Rio.
Since the Electras ordered by
Pan American were all
destined to operate over rather inhospitable country, the airline
powered by 450 hp Pratt & Whitney Wasp SC1 engines. This
model was designated the
10-C. PP-PAS was sold to VARIG in 1943, becoming
PP-VAQ. It was written off on 20 June
1944 when it crashed
on approach to Porto Alegre airport, State of Rio Grande do Sul.