The Consolidated R2Y "Liberator Liner" (Consolidated Model 39) was an airliner derivative of the B-24 Liberator built for the United States Navy by Consolidated Aircraft.
Development and service
The XR2Y-1, as the single prototype was known in Navy service, used the high-aspect wing and tricycle landing gear of the Liberator. The fuselage was an entirely new design, and the vertical stabilizer was taken from the PB4Y Privateer. The final design looked much like a smaller, high-wing B-29 Superfortress, but with windows for passengers.
Meant to carry passengers or cargo to distant Navy bases, but after a brief evaluation the prototype was demilitarized in the mid-1940s, returned to Convair, and leased to American Airlines as a freighter with the name 'City of Salinas'
Data from Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II
- Cruise speed: 240 mph (210 knots, 380 km/h)
- Range: 4,000 mi (3,500 nm, 6,400 km) at 200 mph (322 km/h)
- ^ a b Bridgeman, Leonard. “The Consolidated Vultee Model 39.” Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II. London: Studio, 1946.. p. 217. ISBN 1 85170 493 0.
- ^ John Wegg, General Dynamics Corporation. General Dynamics aircraft and their predecessors.
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