Here's the second of Pan Am's "Fairchild 91"
amphibians at Belem in 1936. Note awkward exit
negotiated by the hardy passengers! It was discovered that 90% of
their operation was from
water and thus
in 1937 they were both converted to true flying boat status. The
removal of the
and its retracting mechanism afforded more payload.. By 1945 more
built in the hinterland of Brazil permitting the operation of Lodestars
and DC-3s into this area.
Fairchilds, along with a couple of remaining Sikorsky S-38s and a
chopped up at