Friday, October 28, 2011

Convair C-131 3-view

Although Douglas' superlative DC-3 would survive in service long after WWII, from 1945 onwards numerous manufacturers made efforts to market successor designs. Probably the most successful of these was the line started with the Convair 240. To a traveling public used to the 1930s-vintage Dakota, the 240 looked modern and fast, with twin R-2800 engines and a tricycle gear configuration.
3-view camo diagram for a Convair C-131 / T-29
I cannot recall ever seeing a C-131 or T-29 in camouflage, but an official scheme did exist.

T-29A: Initial military version; navigation trainer based on the CV-240.

T-29B: presurized navigator trainer.

C-131D: Military CV-340

VC-131D: VIP transport version of the CV-440.

RC-131G: Navaid check aircraft.

R4Y-1Z/VC-131H: VIP transport for the USN. 

Commercial Variants:

CV-340: Stretched version (four additional seats) with a wider wingspan.

CV-440 Metroplitan: Heavyweight CV-340 outgrowth, with additional seating in place of the luggage area.

CV-540: CV-240s reengined with Napier Eland turboprops.

CV-580: Allison 501 turboprop conversion.

CV-600: Rolls Royce turboprop conversions, based on CV-240 airframes.

CV-640: Dart conversion of CV-340/440s.

CV-5800: Stretched C-131 with Allison 501s and glass cockpit.


  • "Tito's Airline eyes New Convairs" Aviation Week August 25, 1952 p.59+
  • Photo: "Napier Demonstrates Convair-Eland" Aviation Week October 1, 1956  p.42
  • George L. Christian "JATO Shortens Business Plane Takeoff. Aviation Week October 1, 1956 p.64-65+  JATO tests using Convair 240.
  • Photo: CV-440 CF-GLC of Great Lakes Airlines. Air Pictorial April 1970 p.142
  • Photos (2): NC-131H Total In Flight Simulator with radar nose fit. Air International  December 1988  p.304
  • Photo: "Canada's ECM CV-580" C-FNRC Air Forces Monthly September 1992  p.9
  • Photo: VC-131 54-2809/N131CW  FlyPast July 1998  p.37
  • "Convair is no more!" FlyPast November 1998 p.20. Scrapping of VT-29B 0-17899.
  • "Western Convair back in its original colours" Aeroplane September 2004  p.8  CV240 N8408H
  • "Honeywell Gives Its Convair Test Aircraft a Brand-New Look"  Flight International 6-12 July 2010 p.19
  • Peter R. Foster USAF Fighter Interceptor Squadrons, page 121: Photo of a C-131D of the North Dakota ANG Happy Hooligans at a William Tell Meet.

C-131 arrivals/dispositions at Davis-Monthan

 Crash site of Sierra Pacific CV-440 N4819C
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