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Mitchell Holman[_4_] May 22nd 09 12:34 PM

Former Bombers, pt 2 - Consolidated Liberator Liner 01.jpg (1/1)
 
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Alan Erskine[_3_] May 22nd 09 04:36 PM

Former Bombers, pt 2 - Consolidated Liberator Liner 01.jpg (1/1)
 
"Mitchell Holman" wrote in message
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Were these operational aircraft or just prototypes? Or were they converted
from operational bombers and used as stop-gaps until the aircraft
manufacturers got back to civilian production?



Mitchell Holman[_4_] May 22nd 09 11:12 PM

Former Bombers, pt 2 - Consolidated Liberator Liner 01.jpg (1/1)
 
"Alan Erskine" wrote in
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"Mitchell Holman" wrote in message
. 130...

Were these operational aircraft or just prototypes? Or were they
converted from operational bombers and used as stop-gaps until the
aircraft manufacturers got back to civilian production?



Proven bomber designs with a new passenger-friendly
fusalage. In this case the B-24.

Boeing converted the B-17 and B-29 into the 307 and
the 377, respectively.







Graham Sheldon May 23rd 09 01:07 AM

Former Bombers, pt 2 - Consolidated Liberator Liner 01.jpg (1/1)
 

"Mitchell Holman" wrote in message
. 130...
"Alan Erskine" wrote in
:

"Mitchell Holman" wrote in message
. 130...

Were these operational aircraft or just prototypes? Or were they
converted from operational bombers and used as stop-gaps until the
aircraft manufacturers got back to civilian production?



Proven bomber designs with a new passenger-friendly
fusalage. In this case the B-24.

Boeing converted the B-17 and B-29 into the 307 and
the 377, respectively.


This photo looks like the sole Model 39 which took the wings, powerplants
and landing gear of the B-24, the tail unit of the PB4Y Privateer and a new
fuselage able to carry 45 passengers or 12,000lb freight. The sole prototype
was evaluated by the USN as the R2Y.

There was a transport version of the B-24 with nose and tail gun
position/turrets deleted and a large cargo door installed. USAAF designated
them C-87. RAF and USN operated similar versions but fitted with
sidewindows for 20 passengers.

There was also a special C-100 fuel tanker used to carry fuel over the
Himalayan "hump" for use by B-29s operating in China.







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