This truly pioneer of the long-haul passenger aircraft industry had its origins on a US. Navy patrol flying boat, the innovative YPY-1 Admiral. The brainchild of Isaac M. Laddon’s team, the design due to the unjust policies of the time, was produced by another company (Glen L. Martin) so recapitalize somehow Consolidated decided to create a passenger-carrying derivative. It sure did; first flown in 1929, the Commodores put the legendary Pan Am company on the map. Trusty, efficient and well-loved, just fourteen were built, but they sure punched about their weight.
The PBY‘s future genes shows in this gorgeous drawing.