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Convair

(All Series)


No. Of Engines:2
Aircraft Type:Turbo Prop
Passenger Capacity (Max):56
Range (in Miles):1,100
Cruising Speed (MPH):350
Payload Capacity (in Lbs):11,200
Wingspan:105
Length:79
Takeoff Weight (in Lbs):54,600
Cabin Type:pressurized


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. The Convair-Liner project started with the CV-110 prototype, but American convinced Convair to alter it into the CV-240. 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. Other US operators included Western, Pan Am, Continental, and Northeast. 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. United took 55, and more US orders came from Braniff, Continental, Delta, Northeast, and National. The CV-340 earned an enviable reputation for reliability and profitability, and was also popular in South America. The final piston-powered development of the Convair-Liner was the CV-440 Metropolitan, which was 5 mph faster and quieter than the CV-340. Although a fine aircraft, most sales were made overseas, and especially in Europe. In the US, Continental, National, Braniff, Delta, and Eastern all had small fleets.

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