The Commodore twin-engined flying boat failed to gain military orders in the form of XPY-1. A total of 14, however, were ordered
for commercial use. This was fortuitous, as the Commodore design is recognized as the basis for the important and famous
PBY-5 Catalina. The Commodores were ordered by a US-owned South American-based airline called NYRBA which challenged
Pan American's regional dominance and was later leveraged to sell its assets to Pan Am (circa 1930). Subsequently Pan Am went on to operate Commodores up to and through World War II, and some machines had short careers with successor operators.
Robert Jackson "The Encyclopedia of Aircraft", 2004
| MODEL||Model 16-1 Commodore|
| ENGINE||2 x 575hp Pratt & Whitney R-1860 Hornet radial piston engines|
| Take-off weight||7983 kg||17600 lb|
| Wingspan||30.48 m||100 ft 0 in|
| Length||18.80 m||62 ft 8 in|
| Height||4.76 m||16 ft 7 in|
| Max. speed||206 km/h||128 mph|
| Ceiling||3430 m||11250 ft|
| Range||1609 km||1000 miles|
|chris weicht, 11.07.2015|
In response to Jerome Butsko. Commodore NC664M was flown north to Fort St James, British Columbia and refueled (I have photo) then to Takla Lake, B.C. where the aircraft caught fire and burned at the former PAA facility.
"...a US-owned South American-based airline called NYRBA..."
The letters "NYRBA" stood for "New York-Rio(de Janeiro)-Buenos Aires". The Air Line was subsequently taken over by Pan Am, which continued to operate these Commodore airliners for several years thereafter.
|Jerome Butsko, 24.03.2012|
I am researching Commodore NC664M, sold by PAA to Chamberlin Air in 1937and later(1943) to Alaska Star Any info on this history?
|Robert L. Willett, 25.02.2010|
China National Aviation Corporation received two Commodores when Pan Am gave up on its Philippine routes, but they saw limited service. They were used extensively in the evacuation of Hankow when the Japanese were on the move west.
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