Boeing XPB

The Boeing Model 50 (U.S. Navy designation: PB) biplane flying boat should be used for the first nonstop flight to Hawaii in 1925. It was built only a copy.

The PB-1 was an extended version of the Naval Aircraft Factory PN - seventh The flying boat had a metal -clad torso and received two new 481 hp Packard 2A -1500 engines. It should accompany two larger PN -9 flying boats on the nonstop flight to Hawaii. The machine received the U.S. Navy number A6881 and served as a patrol flying boat.

On 1 and. May 2, 1925 presented the lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Clarence H. plate Hauer and James R. Kyle with a PM -9 on a new flight duration record for Philadelphia with 28 hours and 35 minutes. This flight was in preparation for the Hawaii flight.

Emergency landing and fight for survival in the Pacific

The start date of the three machines was set to 1 September 1925. The PB-1, however, suffered under various engine problems and had to be removed from the flight program. Were launched only the PN -9 No. 1 and PN -9 No.3 of San Francisco towards Honolulu.

The PN -9 No.3 had to cancel the flight due to engine problems after a short flight. Thus, the PN -9 No.1 under Commander John Rodgers and Lieutenant Byron Connell flew alone in the direction of Hawaii. Around 725 km off Hawaii went out of the machine out of fuel. Rogers was forced to land the plane in the Pacific.

Rogers decided to come to Hawaii by sailing. He had cut out of the wing covering the makeshift sail. However, the food and water reserves were very low. The U.S. Navy decided to one of the largest search operations in the Pacific.

Nine days remained the PN -9 in the Pacific missing. In the meantime, Rogers was up to 16 km of the Nawiliwili Bay on the island of Kauai zoom sailed or drifted. There he discovered the submarine R- 4th Rodgers and his crew were welcomed as national heroes in Hawaii. The main building of the Honolulu International Airport is called John Rodgers Terminal, for example, today. Two destroyers of the U.S. Navy have been named USS John Rodgers ( DD -574, DD -983 ).

Boeing PB -2

The Boeing PB -1 was 1928 with new 800 - horsepower engines from Pratt & Whitney R - type 1860 and then referred to as PB -2. It was probably scrapped in 1932.

Reuse of the PB-1 designation

In 1945, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard designated a single Boeing B -17F, which they had received from the Air Force, as well as Boeing PB -1. A further 48 machines of the type B -17G were designated as PB -1W and PB -1G.

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