Convair 240

1947

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Convair 240

The first post-World War II commercial transport designed by Consolidated Vultee was evolved primarily as a DC-3 replacement. The prototype first flew at San Diego on 16 March 1947 and the first licensed aircraft was delivered to American Airlines on 28 February 1948. Altogether 176 were built. Accommodation was provided for 40 passengers. The aircraft was powered by two 1,788kW Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CA18 radial engines.

Military versions of the 240 were produced as the T-29A to E aircrew trainers for navigators and bombardiers; and as the C-131A Samaritan personnel or casualty evacuation transport accommodating 37 passengers or 27 stretchers.

Convair 240

Specification 
 CREW3-4
 PASSENGERS40
 ENGINE1 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CA18, 1765kW
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight18972 kg41826 lb
  Empty weight12530 kg27624 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wingspan28.0 m92 ft 10 in
  Length22.7 m75 ft 6 in
  Height8.3 m27 ft 3 in
  Wing area75.9 m2816.98 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
  Max. speed538 km/h334 mph
  Cruise speed480 km/h298 mph
  Ceiling9150 m30000 ft
  Range w/max.fuel2880 km1790 miles

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sven, 09.09.2015 00:53

Add turboprops and a swept fin and you have a modern feederliner. As for being a DC3 replacement, that was never going to happen until fuel consumption became an issue.

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Martin Waldman, e-mail, 17.03.2013 10:26

I was stationed at Brookley A.F.B Mobile Alabama from 1957 to 1960 in the 15th AMTS had 5 C-131A Air Evac airplanes.

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Martin, 27.11.2012 11:23

My first airplane after tech school

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Wayne Wisseman, e-mail, 09.07.2012 21:56

I was a crew chief on a T-29 at Westover AFB Mass. in the late 60's. 51-3814. shagtrucker@aol.com

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Martin Waldman, e-mail, 17.01.2012 11:36

Served in the 15th AMTS Brookley AFB.We had 5 C-131A'S used for AIR EVAC.

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howard nethken, e-mail, 15.05.2011 18:13

was roomy of sgt. terry dillow on c131 141012. i was crew chief on those 2 c131s. on leave at time of crash, refused to quqlify them guys for crew chief. someone else took em out. they didnt even do a preflite. thats how bad big shots wanted returnin veit vets to fly the west caost vip plane. dam dam damn. was a magnificent ac.was cc for 2 yrs, flew on crew for 4, was from metaL SHOP. knew all them guys. rip terry dillow.

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Gary Spangle, e-mail, 20.04.2011 23:44

I found the date on the c-131 crash. it was 26 Sept 1975 and there was 6 man crew 4 fatal 2 survived. they staed that the air craft lost alt. thats not true. IT NEVER gained alt
This flight should not have taken off. there was something put in the controls that didnt alow the yoke to be pulled all the way back. If the run up had been perfromed corectly they would have taxied back to the hanger

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Gary Spangle, e-mail, 07.04.2011 20:32

I was stationed at MCAS El Toro from 1973 to 1978 with H&HS Station El toro in the flight equipment shop and later worked at the visiting air craft line. I spent time getting crew cheif qualed in the 2 c-131'we had. Is there anyone out there that remembers when we lost 1 of them that crashed after take off. I was tasked with the recovery of this aircraft and can't seem to remember exactly when it happened. I do remember that both pilots were Majors and that there was only 1 surviver. If anyone has more imformation on this plaese contact me.

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Kris E Hankinson, e-mail, 16.04.2020 Gary Spangle

I was an MP at El Toro at the time of the crash. The pilot was LtCol Lewis, the AC /s G-2. The investigation showed that a LCpl who had received office hours from the co-pilot, Maj Collins, placed a wrench in a position where while the plane was level it did not affect anything, thus the controls worked freely, but when the plane rotated for takeoff the wrench slid back and jammed the tail controls. The crash was 26 Sept 1975. Plane 141012.

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Marshall Barfield, e-mail, 10.02.2011 15:15

Serving in the US Coast Guard in Mobile Alabama, We used the C-131A as an interim . As a CG 'Flight Engineer' loved
flying in this great airship . Always a thrill, never a
dull moment. We all walked away . Great times ,great guys.

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Martin, e-mail, 07.02.2011 12:10

I was stationed at Brookley A.F.B Mobile Alabama 1957-1960 in the 15th AMTS. We had 5 C-131A's. IT was a great airplane to work and fly on.

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george ( willy ) williams, e-mail, 22.01.2011 18:44

I was at RAF Mildenhall 1973-75, serving as flight mech. on 899, was on 2 different flight crews to take the planes to tuson Az. boneyard. I was also on the crew that took 899 to Duxford. I also flew on a D model in Duluth Min.1970-72

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Terry Harrison, e-mail, 20.01.2011 08:15

I was certified as an "orderly", too on VR-21's R4Y's. in the '50's. I also was plane captain on same aircraft and our COD fleet of TF-1 Traders. Best duty I had. Loved to fly and took every flight I could. We delivered "parts" to bases that weren't even on the map. COD flights were exciting, too. Loved traps and launches. Biggest thrill of my life.

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Jack Herzik, e-mail, 20.01.2011 05:09

Dick
I probably was the pilot on one of the T-29's you were on, as I was stationed at James Connally from 64' to 66' after a tour in Turkey flying 29's. Enjoyed it a lot.
regards
Jack

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Danny Howser, e-mail, 20.12.2010 18:09

I was stationed at Mildenhall England from 1969 to 1973. I was the crew chief of T-29B 51-3816 and also flew as a flight mechanic. Initially the unit had C-47's but transitioned to the T-29. We had B, C and D models. They were great aircraft for the courier missions that we supported. When the T-29's were retired, 51-7899 was palced on display at Duxford England. Sadly, I learned that a few years later it was scrapped on site.

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J. W. Williams, e-mail, 30.11.2010 06:10

I have over 5000 hours in the C-131 as an Air Evac pilot.
Truly reliable and fun to fly.

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TROY FORE, e-mail, 09.11.2010 02:04

The T-29 was the first aircraft I flew on, I was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base. Nebraska from 1963 to 1966. I was a flying crew chief and mechanic,The T29 was a fantastic aircraft and a pleasure to fly.I retired at Travis A.F.B Ca. in 1986 as a CMSgt, 60 MAW Chief Flight Engineer flying C-141 aircraft

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JON JEBB, e-mail, 01.11.2010 04:16

I work on the flight line for American Airlines at the Willow Run Airport during the early 51, 52 years. I remember they all would require oil on most stops and require wipe down so passengers would not be concerned. American flew many planes during those years.

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John Setser, e-mail, 16.10.2010 04:33

I was an engine mechanic on the T29, stationed at James Connally AFB, Texas. There from summer of 1954 till June 1956. I hated those "dishpans". Also got back to the T29 at Offutt AFB, Neb. in 1964 and 1965. Great engine to work on!!!

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