Naval Aircraft Factory PN-9 after sailing to Hawaii
Here we see the sole Naval Aircraft Factory PN-9 after it's eventual arrival at Hawaii in 1935. The attempt to fly from the US west coast to Hawaii had failed and the aircraft had been forced to put down. A massive search by surface ships also failed to find the PN-9, but her crew, led by Commander John Rogers, the Navy’s second aviator, used some of the wing fabric to rig up a sail and managed to sail around 1,900 miles before finally being discovered only a few miles from land! The missing area of fabric can just be seen below the lower wing, where the wing ribs are visible.
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Rickard, J (24 April 2021), Naval Aircraft Factory PN-9 after sailing to Hawaii , http://www.historyofwar.org/Pictures/pictures_NAF_PN9_hawaii_1935.html