Thursday, April 7, 2011

R3Y Tradewind plans

Convair Tradewind flying boat.
Convair P5Y design - note the gun turrets, which would be not be present on production R3Y Tradewinds.

Tradewind flying boat plans
from US patent files

The last of a distinguished line of Consolidated/Convair flying boats to serve with the US Navy, the Tradewind was also the only aircraft powered by the Allison T40 turboprop to see operational service, however brief. The program began in the spring of 1946 as the P5Y ASW aircraft, and the XP5Y-1 prototype flew for the first time in April 1950.

Efforts were soon redirected towards using the type as a transport, and in February the first R3Y-1 Tradewind flew. This had no tailplane dihedral, no offensive weapons or gun turrets, nacelles of a revised design, and a cargo door on the aft port side.

Convair Advanced Designs: Secret Projects from San Diego, 1923-1962

Tradewind Bibliography
"XP5Y-1 set to test wings - Engine Lack Keeps Plane Grounded"  1 photo of XP5Y-1 without powerplants.  Naval Aviation News September 1949  p.10

Photos (3): XP5Y-1 prototype in dock at San Diego with engines running. Includes close-ups of propellers and exhausts.  Naval Aviation News  May 1950  p.2

"Convair's Turboprop Flight Experience"  Aviation Week April 23, 1951  p.21+  One photo of the XP5Y-1 prototype.

Convair R3Y-1 Tradewind 3-view profile  Flight 23 April 1954  p.513

"Convair R3Y Demonstrates Capabilities"  Photo feature shows a Tradewind disembarking troops, and the aircraft's launching cradle with motors for manuevering.  Naval Aviation News  January 1955  p.29

"Navy R3Y Spans Continent - Convair Test Crew Makes Flight" Naval Aviation News  February 1956  p.33

"Workbench Review: 1/166 scale R3Y from Revell Germany"  FineScale Modeler  February 2007  p.57-58

Scale Models:

Anigrand makes a 1/144 scale resin kit of the XP5Y-1

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Convair Tradewind pictures at the NMNA archives
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