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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.

R2Y Liberator Liner
Consolidated R2Y.jpg
A Consolidated R2Y-1 in Navy markings.
Role Prototype military transport aircraft
and Prototype cargo aircraft
Manufacturer Consolidated Aircraft
First flight 15 April 1944
Status Experimental
Primary users United States Navy
American Airlines
Number built 1
Developed from Consolidated B-24 Liberator

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Development and serviceEdit

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.[1] The final design looked much like a smaller, high-wing Boeing 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".[2]

Specifications (R2Y-1)Edit

 
Consolidated XR2Y-1 3-view drawing from Les Ailes February 22, 1947

Data from Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II[1]

General characteristics

Performance

  • 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)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ John Wegg, General Dynamics Corporation. General Dynamics aircraft and their predecessors.

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