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Encyclopedia > Convair 240
Convair 240
A restored Convair 240 in Western Air Lines livery, at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California
Type Airliner
Manufacturer Convair
Maiden flight 16 March 1947
Primary user American Airlines
Produced 1947-1956
Variants C-131 Samaritan
CC-109 Cosmopolitan

The Convair 240 was an American airliner produced by Convair from 1947 to 1956. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x831, 178 KB) Summary A Convair 240 at Planes of Fame, July, 2005. ... A new restoration of a Convair 240 sports a Western Airlines paint scheme. ... One of the museums flyable P-51 Mustangs. ... Chino is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. ... An aerospace manufacturer is a company or individual involved in the various aspects of designing, building, testing, selling, and maintaining aircraft, aircraft parts, missiles, rockets, and/or spacecraft. ... The Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation, universally known as Convair, was the result of a 1943 merger between Consolidated Aircraft and Vultee Aircraft, resulting in a leading aircraft manufacturer of the United States. ... The Maiden flight of an aircraft is the first occasion on which an aircraft leaves the ground of its own accord. ... March 16 is the 75th day of the year (76th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of aviation-related events from 1947: Events March March 14 - Saudi Arabian Airlines begins regular services. ... American Airlines, Inc. ... ... // [edit] CL-66 Transport In 1958 the RCAF wanted to replace their aging C-47 Dakotas with a turbo powered aircraft. ... The Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation, universally known as Convair, was the result of a 1943 merger between Consolidated Aircraft and Vultee Aircraft, resulting in a leading aircraft manufacturer of the United States. ... This is a list of aviation-related events from 1947: Events March March 14 - Saudi Arabian Airlines begins regular services. ... This is a list of aviation-related events from 1956: Events March March 10 - Lt Cdr Peter Twiss sets a new airspeed record in the Fairey Delta FD.2, also becoming the first person to exceed 1,000 mph. ...

Contents

Development

The design began life in a production requirement by American Airlines for a pressurized airliner to replace the classic Douglas DC-3. Convair's original design had two engines and 40 seats, and thus it was designated the CV-240. The first 240 flew on March 16, 1947, and production aircraft were first delivered to American on February 28, 1948. Seventy-five were delivered to American, with another fifty going to Western Airlines, Continental Airlines, Pan American Airways, KLM, and Trans Australia Airlines. American Airlines, Inc. ... The Douglas DC-3 is a fixed-wing, propeller-driven aircraft, which revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s and is generally regarded as one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made (also see Boeing 707 and Boeing 747). ... March 16 is the 75th day of the year (76th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of aviation-related events from 1948: Events January January 17 - BOAC begins to replace flying boat routes with the Lockheed Constellation March the Israeli Air Force is formed, with the new state of Israel March 10 - VF-5 becomes the first US Navy carrier squadron to... A new restoration of a Convair 240 sports a Western Airlines paint scheme. ... Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) is a US certificated air carrier. ... Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) was the United States principal international airline from the 1930s until its collapse in 1991, and was credited with many innovations that shaped the international airline industry. ... KLM can also refer to KLM (Human Computer Interaction) KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (in full: Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij, literally Royal Air Transport Company; usual English: Royal Dutch Airlines) is an airline subsidiary of Air France-KLM based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


A CV-240 was the first private aircraft used in a United States presidential campaign. In 1960, John F. Kennedy used a CV-240 dubbed Caroline during his campaign. This aircraft is now preserved in the National Air and Space Museum. This is a list of aviation-related events from 1960: Events January January 1 - Fiji Airways is reconstituted, becoming equally owned by BOAC, QANTAS, and Tasman Empire Airways. ... John Kennedy and JFK redirect here. ... National Air and Space Museum exterior The National Air and Space Museum (NASM) of the Smithsonian Institution is a museum in Washington, D.C., United States, and is the most popular of the Smithsonian museums. ...


Variants

Civil variants

Finnair CV 440

The CV-340, built for United Airlines, was lengthened to hold an additional four seats. The wings were also enlarged for better performance at higher altitudes. The CV-340 replaced the DC-3 for United. They flew 52 340s for 16 years without a fatality. An example of United's 340 was N73111. They were called "Mainliners" as other aircraft were also and N73111 was also called "Mainliner Salt Lake City" (which appeared on the nose) Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 494 pixelsFull resolution (850 × 525 pixel, file size: 119 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This picture may have usage restrictions Convair CV 440 Source: pnmafss faa gov , File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 494 pixelsFull resolution (850 × 525 pixel, file size: 119 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This picture may have usage restrictions Convair CV 440 Source: pnmafss faa gov , File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared... United Airlines, also known as United Air Lines, Inc. ...


The CV-440 Metropolitan had improved soundproofing and an option of weather radar.


The Convair 580 is a conversion from a Convair 340 aircraft with the original piston engines replaced with two Allison 501 D13D/H turboprop engines. The T56 is a single shaft, modular design military turboprop with a 14 stage axial flow compressor driven by a four stage turbin produced by Rolls-Royce. ... A schematic diagram showing the operation of a turboprop engine. ...


The Convair 600 is a conversion from a Convair 240 aircraft with the original piston engines replaced with Rolls-Royce Dart turboprop engines. The CV-600 first flew with Central Airlines on 30 November 1965. The CV-600 aircraft that flew with Air Metro Airways was configured as a forty passenger airliner. In August 2006 a single Convair 600 aircraft remains in airline service, with Rhoades Aviation.[1] The Rolls Royce Dart was a long-lived turboprop engine. ... is the 334th day of the year (335th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of aviation-related events from 1965: Events January January 2 - Denis Healey, the UKs Secretary of Defence cancels the nations fighter and military transport programmes and orders the purchase of the US-built F-4 Phantom and C-130 Hercules in their place. ... This is a list of aviation-related events from 2006: // January 19 - Jet Airways announces its purchase of Air Sahara, creating the largest domestic airliner in India. ...


The Convair 640 is a conversion from either a Convair 340 or 440 with the original piston engines replaced with Rolls-Royce Dart turboprop engines. In August 2006 a total of 9 Convair 640 aircraft remain in airline service, with Rhoades Aviation (3) and C&M Airways (6).[1] The Rolls Royce Dart was a long-lived turboprop engine. ...


Ten CL-66 aircraft were built by Canadair in Canada, they were a version of the Convair 440 with Napier Eland turbo-props. In Canadian service they were known as the CC-109 Cosmopolitan. CL-66 Transport In 1958 the RCAF wanted to replace their aging C-47 Dakotas with a turbo powered aircraft. ... Canadair Sabre (Golden Hawks aerobatic team) display at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Mount Hope, Ontario Canadair was a civil and military aircraft manufacturer in Canada. ... The Napier Eland is a type of turboshaft used to power helicopters, including the Westland Westminster. ...


The Convair 5800 is a conversion from a Convair 580 by Kelowna Flightcraft in Canada. The 5800 is a 580 stretched by 14ft 3in with the 440's original tail unit. These conversions also have a new freight door, digital avionics with EFIS and Allison 501-D22 engines. Kelowna Flightcraft is a charter airline employing over 1200 people head quartered in Kelowna, British Columbia. ... The T56 is a single shaft, modular design military turboprop with a 14 stage axial flow compressor driven by a four stage turbin produced by Rolls-Royce. ...


Military variants

The CV-240/340/440 series was used by the United States Air Force for medical evacuation and VIP transport and was designated as C-131 Samaritan. A trainer model called the T-29 was also based on the Convair 240 to instruct navigators and radio operators. The U.S. Navy used the Samaritan as the R4Y. “The U.S. Air Force” redirects here. ... A Beech KingAir of the Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service. ... A Very Important Person, or VIP is a person who is accorded special privileges due to his or her status or importance. ... ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ...


Operators

Civilian Operators

KLM Convair

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Military Operators

Accidents and incidents

  • Three members of the southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd were killed when the Convair 240 they were aboard crashed near a forest in McComb, Mississippi on October 20 1977. The probable cause of the crash was fuel exhaustion and total loss of power from both engines. The pilot, co-pilot and the band's assistant road manager were also killed. Some 20 other passengers survived.

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Specifications (240)

General characteristics

  • Length: 74 ft 8 in (22.8 m)
  • Wingspan: 91 ft 9 in (28 m)
  • Height: 26 ft 11 in (8.20 m)
  • Wing area: 817 ft² (75.9 m²)
  • Empty weight: 25,445 lb (11,540 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 42,500 lb (19,280 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2× Pratt & Whitney R-2800 "Double Wasp" 18 cylinder air cooled radial engines, () each

Performance

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References

  1. ^ a b Flight International, 3-9 October 2006

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Related content

Related development

  • C-131 Samaritan
  • Canadair CL-66/CC-109 Cosmopolitan

Comparable aircraft

... // [edit] CL-66 Transport In 1958 the RCAF wanted to replace their aging C-47 Dakotas with a turbo powered aircraft. ... The Airspeed Ambassador was a twin piston engined airliner that first flew on July 10, 1947 and served in very small numbers through the 1950s. ... Note: this is an artice about the Post World War Two twin-engined Vickers Viking airliner. ...

See also


  Results from FactBites:
 
Convair CV-240's and CV-340's (679 words)
Convair, which is a contraction of Consoldated-Vultee Aircraft, was located in San Diego (the home of the Classic Airliner Page), and produced the B-24 Liberator and the B-36 Peacemaker, among other famous planes.
Convair wanted American's order for 50 aircraft, and took a large loss on the order which CR Smith eventually allowed to be reduced to allow Convair to sell the planes at a profit.
After the aborted negotiations with TWA and Eastern for a "Super 240" (see the Martin 404 page), Convair realized that airlines were not going to accept their current offering, and in response to a United inquiry, developed a plane very similar to the cancelled Super 240, and called it the CV-340.
NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Convair 340 (791 words)
A restored Convair 240 in Western Air Lines livery, at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California.
The Convair 240 was an airliner produced by Consolidated Vultee from 1947 to 1956.
The first 240 flew on March 16, 1947, and production aircraft were first delivered to American on February 28, 1948.
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