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Convair C-131. A photo. Characteristics.
Convair C-131. A photo. Characteristics.

Convair C-131. A photo. Characteristics.


A type: Twin-engined transport monoplane

Capacity: A crew of four and up to twenty-three passengers

The C-131 was a modification of transport for the Air Force / US Navy particularly successful twin-engine aircraft series 240 / 340 / 440 of "Convair» (Convair), which were made almost two decades since the end of 1940-ies. On-131 was improved by modifying the aircraft T-29 (which in turn was made on the basis of 240 series aircraft), 46 copies of which were received in the Air Force operation in 1950-1951 years as a training aircraft for training navigators, bombardiers and operators radar where they changed planes in-25.

Dubbed "Semeriten» (Samaritan »- Samaritan) for their first role ambulances, aircraft C-26 131A hit the air transport Military Service (MATS) in December 1954 years. Followed them major modifications included C-131V (with more powerful engines - built 36 copies), C-131D (built 10 copies for the European part of MATS), VC-131D (built 16 instances to transport staff and VIPs), R4Y -1 (version for the US Navy in 1962.godu received the new designation C-131F - built 10 instances), and C-131E (training aircraft Strategic Air Command for testing electronic counter - built 11 copies). In addition, a small number were built for military purposes optimized aircraft- "twins" of "Convair" for the Royal Air Force, Air Force, Germany and Italy. In US military service aircraft has established itself as a multi-faceted performing all kinds of tasks, ranging from the simple transportation of goods to the training of specialists in electronic warfare.

One of the copies of the aircraft C-131 was even converted into a prototype "flying artillery battery," the United States. The last of these aircraft companies "Convair" left the service at the end of 1970-ies, although several aircraft detained in the Air National Guard and reserve units in the Navy to 1990 years. Today, a small number of ex-military aircraft C-131 still profitably used in North, Central and South America as airliners and cargo planes.


  • Length: 24,14 m
  • Wingspan: 32,1 m
  • Height: 8,6 m

The weight:

  • BLANK: 13 382 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 24 682 kg

Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 502 km / h
  • Range: 3520 km

Basic data

  • Powerplant: 2 motor R-2800-103W companies "Pratt & Whitney" (on the modification D)
  • Power total: 5000 l. from.(3720 kW)

Date of first flight:

  • July 28 1954 years (option C-131 D)

The surviving airworthy modifications:C-131A / B / D / F and "Convair» 240 / 440



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