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Consolidated Commodore and the new era in flying boat design of the 1930s

10 March 2017

 

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Consolidated Commodore “Havana” of the New York, Rio, Buenos Aires Line getting onto the step—San Diego Air and Space Museum archive

The Consolidated Commodore is a close relative to the P2Y. It differs by having one wing (dropping the small lower wing for wind floats), more powerful engines and a passenger cabin layout. It was used successfully by a handful of airlines—notably the New York, Rio, Buenos Aires Line which was forced to merge with Pan American Airways. Maximum passenger capacity was fourteen but at the expense of range. The Commodore was a solid, dependable and capable flying boat demonstrating the potential for reliable international flight which lead to the larger flying boats used so successfully by PAA as the flying clippers.

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Consolidated Commodore “Cuba” of the New York, Rio, Buenos Aires Line—San Diego Air and Space Museum archive

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Consolidated Commodore “Havana” of the New York, Rio, Buenos Aires Line in flight—San Diego Air and Space Museum archive

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Consolidated Commodore “Cuba” near shore—San Diego Air and Space Museum archive

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Early Consolidated Commodore testing—San Diego Air and Space Museum archive

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Consolidated Commodore starboard profile—San Diego Air and Space Museum archive

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Early Consolidated Commodore (like the Consolidated P2Y the Commodore began as a trimotor)—San Diego Air and Space Museum archive

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Consolidated Commodore’s port Pratt & Whitney radial engine—San Diego Air and Space Museum archive

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Consolidated Commodore coming to the dock—San Diego Air and Space Museum archive

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Consolidated Commodore’s port side wing float—San Diego Air and Space Museum archive

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Consolidated Commodore’s twin tail detail—San Diego Air and Space Museum archive

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Consolidated Commodore in flight with a trimotored aircraft for scale—San Diego Air and Space Museum archive

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Consolidated Commodore’s enclosed cockpit of the “Rio De Janerio” (New York, Rio, Buenos Aires Line ) as well as hull prow detail—San Diego Air and Space Museum archive

 

 

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