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Naval Fighters 14 - Convair T-29, R4Y, CC-109

Naval Fighters 14 - Convair T-29, R4Y, CC-109

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FRONT
COVER
-R4Y-'1/C-131F
(EC
131F)141024
from
the
Naval
Missile
Center,
Point
Mugu,Calif.
(USN
via
H.
ANDREWS)
"
The
forerunner
of
the
Convair·
Liner,
themodel
110,
in
flight
overSouthern
(
(Convair).
DEVELOPMENT
S.
Ginter,1754Warfield
Cir,
SimiValley,California9306
All
rights
reserved.
No
part
of
this
publication
may
bereproduced.
store
a
retrieval
system.
or
transmitted
in
any
form
by
any
means
efectrG
mechanical
or
otherwise
without
the
written
permission
of
the
publis
THEUSAFMODEL240,T-29ANDC-131
AIRCRAFT
TYPE·
Twin-enginedmedium-raltransport.
WINGS·
Low-wingcantilever
me
planehavinganall-metalstructure
1
stressed-skincoveringandtheranti-icing.Aspectratio10,
mt
aerodynamicchord9
ft,
8.6
in,
ar817
sq.
ft.wingarea.
FUSELAGE-
Circular
section,
all-metalstructurewithstressed-:covering.
TAIL
UNIT·
Cantilevermonopltypewithall-metalstructure.magnesium
covered
rudder
and
elevatorswerefittedwithtrimservo-controltabs.Thermalanti-ilwasused
in
theleading-edges
01
andtailplane.
LANDINGGEAR-
Twin-wheeltractabletricycletypewhich
have
e
1t.
track,withsteerablenosewheel:
POWERPLANT-
TwoPratt
&
VI
neyR-2800eighteen-cylinder
ra
aircooledengineswithHamilton
S'
dardHS23260airscrews.Theginesaremounted
in
aerodynamic,cleannacellesdeignedfor"aspirecooling"and"exhaustgasaugmeltion".Air,afterpassingthroughcylinderblocks,entersaventuri
~
tionintowhichtheexhaustgasesalsoejected.Theresultis
intrea
coolingandajet-likeexhaust
via
ttail-pipeswhich
gives
an
increaSE
speedofabout
10
to12m.p.
h.
CREW·
Three.
ISBN
0-942612-14-0
©
1987
Steve
Ginter
TheT-29/C-131/R4Yseriesofaircraftwasoneofthemilitary'smanycost-savingexamplesofpurchasingexistingcivilandcommercialdesignsfortheirutilityandtransportneeds.ThefirstmilitaryConvair-Linerwasacceptedon
8.
March
1950.
MilitaryproductioneventuallyeclipsedcivilproductionwiththelastConvair-LinerbuiltbeingamilitaryCanadairCL-66B,serialnumber11160whichwasdeliveredon3March
1961.
Thisaircraftwasthelastof568militaryConvair-Linersbuilt.Civilproductionhadstopped
at
518examples,givingtheConvair-Linersaproductionrunof
1086.
Today,37yearslater,theConvair-Linercontinuestoflyonbothcivilianandmilitaryrosters,attestingtoitsreliabilitythroughouttheyears.TheConvairmodel240(twoenginesandfortypassengers)wasconceiveddirectlyafterWorldWarTwo
as
aDC-3replacementforuseonthetrunklinesofAmerica(1,000milesorless).The240wasdevelopeddirectlyfromtheexperiencegained
in
producingandtestingtheexperimentalmodel110.The110,similar
in
appearancetothe240withtheexceptionofitsgull-wing,madeitsfirstflighton8July
1946
at
SanDiego,Calif.Afterthetestingandcommercialeconomicstudieswerecompleted,themodel110wasscrappedon
30
Sept.
1947.
Theprototypemodel240,serialnumber
1,
NX90849,
had
made
its
firstflighton16March
1947,
Productionaircraftstartedrolling
on
7
Dec.
1948.
RickAlexander,HalAndrews,DanaBell,RogerBesecker,BenBurger,JimBurridge,BudeDonato,Robert
F.
Dorr,JohnElliott,TedGibson,RobertGordon,BobGorga,
Roy
Grossnick,DanHagedorn,MikeHerrill,GeneHolmberg,JackIsabel,MeyersJacobsen,William
T.
Larkins,BobLawson,DonLinn,Terry
Love,
PeterMarson,
Dave
Menard,PeterMersky,StephenMiller,DougOlson,DavidOstrowski,MikeO'Rourke,LionelPaul,George·Pennick,MattRodina,FredRoos,
B.J.
Simons,LarrySmalley,
Paul
Stevens,CharlesStewart,WilliamSwisher,
D.G.
Timson,NolanTucker,JohnWegg,NickWilliamsand
Dan
Wolverton.Forthefourth
lime
NavalFightershasforesakenthefighterandproducedabookona
very
interestingprop-job.Thisbook'scontentswasaidedimmenselybyNickWilliamsonceagain(seeNavalFighters#13Douglas
F4D
Skyray).Hisstoriesonthehistoryofthe
Navy
COnvairsandontheAirForceYC-131Csweretheimpetuswhichstartedthisproject.ThesearticlesoriginallyappearedintheFall1985andtheWinter1980issuesoftheAmericanAviationHistoricalSocietyJournal.Nick
is
afrequentcontributortotheAAHSJournal,whichisthebestsourceofinformation
on
AmericanaviationIknowof.TheSocietyprovidesfourJournalsandfourNewslettersayeartoitsmembers.1987memberfeesare$25.00forU.S.andCanadianmembersand$30.00forforeignmembers.Membershipcan
be
obtained
by
writing:AAHS2333Otis,SantaAna,Ca.92704.
In
additiontothemanycontributorslistedbelow,specialthanksareextendedtoMikeHerrillofExecuformmodelsforprovidingmewithhisscalethree-viewdrawi
ngsof
theT-29/C-131series
of
aircraft.Execuformproducestwovacu-formkits,amodel240(T
29/C-131
A)
and
a
model
340/440/540/580(C-131B/H)which
are
describedlater
in
thebook.Thesekitscan
be
purchaseddirectlyfromExecuform
at
721
N.
Prospect
Ave.,
RedondoBeach,
Ca.
90277.
INTRODUCTION
CONTRIBUTORS
 
T·29A49-1917
on
8·19·51in
natural
metal
finish,note
roundcan-typeexhaust
.
pipes.
(W.J.
Baloghvia
Menard)
Typical
T-29AIn
factory
freshnaturalmetal
finish
withcorrect
"TP"
buzzno.
and
convairconstruction
no.
203
still
painted
on
the
nose
and
tail.Notethefourastrodomes
which
are
characteristic
of
the
T-29A.
(Convair)
T-29A/BDATA
GINES-
TheT-29Ahadeither)0h.p.R-2800-77engines
or
)0
h.p.R-2800-97engines.The
m
usedthe2,400h.p.R-2800-97inesexclusively.Performance
l
belowrelatestothe2,4000h.p.ines.
IENSIONS-
Span
91
ft.9in.,th74ft.8in.,Heightovertail26
ft.
1.,
Wingarea817
sq.
ft.
'GHT-Take-off43,575Ibs.IFORMANCE-Maximumspeedm.p.h.,averagecruisingspeedm.p.h.,stallingspeedwithflaps.m.p.h.,rateofclimb1,230
ft.
per,serviceceiling23,500ft.,cruis'ange1,500miles.
~ 9 -
TwoprototypesoftheT-29Arew
trainerwhich
were
later
/ertedtoT-29Astandards.49-
)/1911
(c/n
169,179).
.
IA
(240-17)-ThecabinofaThad
fourteenfully-equipped
:>ns
fornavigatorstudents
or
in:torsandoneradio-operator'ssta-tion.Eachstudenthadaccesstoamaptable,LORANscope,altimeterindicatorandaradiocompasspanel.
In
theroofarefourastrodomesfortakingsextantsightsandthecabinwasequippedwithfivedriftmeters.Theaircraftwasalsofixedwithalargebellyradome.TheT-29Awasnotpressurizedbutwasfittedwithoxygenequipment.Thefirstflight
of
theT29Awason22Sept.
1949.'
46werebuilt:
49-1912/1945
(c/n
180,152,
181/212)
and
50-183/194
(c/n
213/224.
Naturalmetal29A
49·1938
assignedto
Mather
AFB,Ca.
black
radomeand
yellowproptips.
(viaClay
Jansson)
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