The Larry Westin Consolidated photo page features the
Consolidated PB2Y Coronado flying boat and the B-36 Peacemaker
bomber. Also included are other Consolidated, Convair and General
Dynamics aircraft; including the B-24 Liberator, C-87 Liberator
Express (cargo verson of B-24), Model 39 Liberator Liner, L-5
Sentinel, L-13, B-32 Dominator, XB46, B58 Hustler, PBY Catalina, T-29 Flying
Classroom, YB-60 Jet Peacemaker, XC-99 Cargo version of the B-36, the WB-57F,
the General Dynamics modified Martin B-57 Canbera, the BT-13 "Vibrator" and
the Convair 240, 340 and 440 airliners.
Last Updated 10/03/15.
Long range propeller driven aircraft are a personal favorite.
Flying boats of the late 1930's really began practical long
range flying. Four engine flying boats such as the Short
Sunderland, and "C" and "G" class flying
boats; as well as the American Martin M-130 "China
Clipper" and Boeing 314 are very famous. The Consolidated
PB2Y Coronado featured here, although possibly the least known
American 4 engine flying boat, was also the most produced
American 4 engine flying boat with 217 examples built.
Nice inflight view of a BT-13
"Vibrator". This photo is of sn 40-1190, The 300th
BT-13 built, last of the first batch. B&W, about 104K,
Beautiful inflight view of a BT-13A
"Vibrator". Although officially named the
"Valiant" it was more commonly called the
"Vibrator." This photo is of sn 41-22172. Lettering
near front cockpit says the aircraft is from Minter Field.
B&W, about 49K. added
Inflight view of a BT-13A
"Vibrator". This photo is of sn 41-9649. B&W,
about 112K, added
and C-87 Liberator Express
A nice color inflight view of B-24A
Liberator. This is serial number 40-2369, the first
production B-24. Large American flags painted on the nose and on
the top of the fuselage. About 52K, added 11/29/98.
Ground view of the C-87 Liberator
Express, the cargo version of the B-24 Liberator bomber.
About 66K, added 06/09/99, rescanned and
Ground view of the C-87 Liberator
Express, this view shows left rear side of the C-87.
Added 10/26/08 about
Very nice inflight view of C-87
Liberator Express, serial number 44-52987, the last C-87
built. About 158K, added
Nice inflight side view of RY-3 Privateer
the Navy version of the Liberator Express, bureau number 90021. This
airplane was transferred to the RAF as Liberator C.IX JT973.
Note the RY-3 has a single vertical stabilizer and rudder similar to
very late B-24's. B&W, about 193K,
An inflight view of Consolidated
Model 39 Liberator-Liner. Toward the end of World War II
Consolidated used the wings of a B-24, the tail of a PB4Y-2
Privateer, and built an entirely new fuselage to create this
special built freighter. Consolidated built just two of these
aircraft. That shown is NX30039 in the livery of American
Airlines who flew this airplane for about 3 months. Shortly
afterward this aircraft, as well as the second example registered
NX3939, were scrapped as no interest was shown by the airlines,
particularly since many surplus transports were becoming
available at very low cost. This aircraft is also identified as
the Convair model 104. About 119K, added
42-108472. This is the second production B-32 built. Note the
single rudder trim tab of the -1-CF aircraft. This aircraft had
the nose gear collaspe on its delivery flight to the USAAF. The
aircraft was damaged beyond repair in the landing accident.
B&W, about 63K, added
Serial Number 42-108522. The TB-32's lacked the gun turrets
of the bombardment aircraft. Except for the missing turrets this
photo is representative of the few combat aircraft built. A very
nice inflight view, B&W, about 28K, added
Ground view of
B-32 Dominator Serial Number 42-108537. The full designation of this
airplane is B-32-20-CF. It appears this image was taken at Kingman,
Arizona where many WWII aircraft were scrapped. B&W, about 126K,
Very nice inflight view of
Serial Number 42-108547. The full designation of this airplane is
B-32-25-CF. Of the total of 118 B-32's manufactured, 3 were prototypes,
40 were TB-32 trainers, and 75 were operational bombers. This particular
bomber was assigned to the Army Air Forces Proving Ground Very Heavy
Bomber Unit, Squadron "E" at Eglin Field, Florida. Used to develop
operational use of the B-32, this particular aircraft is equipped with
full armament, however it never saw combat.
A very nice inflight view, B&W, about 135K.
Inflight view of a TB-32,
unfortunately I cannot see the serial number on the photograph.
About 31K, added
Last of the B32's, believed
to be the last B32. Eventually scrapped. Via Mark Natola, about 32K,
View of an early B-36B
Peacemaker at Carswell AFB, Fort Worth, Texas. This is the
first production version of the B-36 before the jet engines were
added. Two aircraft can be seen in this image. My thanks to
homepage viewer Steve
Moseley for sending me this image. About 59K,
A beautiful Convair RB-36D
In-flight view of a Convair RB-36D Peacemaker. The view is
1/2 front, right side, slightly above, over clouds, over Carswell
AFB, Fort Worth. B&W, about 67K. Originally added 08/17/00,
rescanned to higher resolution
Same Convair RB-36D In-flight
Convair RB-36D Peacemaker. The view is 1/2 front, right side,
slightly above, over clouds. About 38K.
Yet another view of RB-36D
49-2688, this time a side view from slightly above. About
50K, added 8/17/00.
Convair RB-36D this is the same
airplane, 49-2688, but from slightly below. USAF photo. About
26K, added 10/29/97.
Convair B-36D 44-92095, this
airplane was originally built as a B-36B, and modified into a
B-36D with the jet engines. A fine inflight view scanned to a
higher resolution. B&W, about 201K, added 10/24/11.
Convair RB-36E this airplane,
serial number 44-92020, was built as a B-36A and later modified
to the RB-36E configuration shown here. Photo by Warren M. Bodie via the
Frederick G. Freeman
collection. About 28K, added
An Aerial view of the Convair
plant during B36 production. Taken during the height of B-36
production, also shown are both YB-60 aircraft, one at the middle
right, the other almost in the center between hangars. My thanks
to Patrick Gallagher,
a long time General Dynamics, now Lockheed-Martin, employee for
this image. About 197K, added
Inflight view of the Consolidated Vultee XB46 Bomber. This airplane is sn
45-59582. Appears to be over the Mojave Desert near El Mirage dry
lake. About 86K, added
A second inflight view of the Consolidated Vultee XB46 Bomber. This is the only XB46
built, sn 45-59582. About 39K, added
Convair model 2 XF2Y-1 Seadart shown
on the water during takeoff. Convair built 3 Seadart aircraft that
actually flew. I believe this is XF2Y-1 Bureau number 137634. The other
XF2Y-1, Bureau number 137635 was canceled and not built. The other
built and flown Seadarts were model YF2Y-1 with Bureau numbers 135762
and 135763. YF2Y-1 135762 broke up in the air and crashed. Normally the
first aircraft of a type is an "X" and service test aircraft
are "Y." In this case the X aircraft did fly first, what is
unusal is the X aircraft have higher Bureau numbers than the Y aircraft.
There are four F2Y-1 aircraft on display, two of these did not fly.
B&W, about 144K, Added 09/28/15.
Dynamics" WB-57F (Modified Martin
WB-57F 63-13502 Inflight -
Beautiful view. Image set to 509x386 pixels for viewing on
standard 640x480 resolution screens. Consolidated (General
Dynamics) modified Martin RB-57D serial number 53-3970 to build
this airplane. Although it started as a RB-57D, it is an almost
entirely new airplane. About 58K. My thanks to Don Pyeatt and Prentiss Hutcheson for making this
photo available. Added
09/14/97. Also available is another image
of the same photograph, this is a WB-57F in High Resolution for more
detail. About 504K, Added
Convair B-58 Hustler, a
beautiful inflight view of serial number 60-118. About 46K,
YB-60 Jet Peacemaker
Close up of the YB-60 Nose.
This photo shows the unusual weights added to the nose gear when
fuel tanks were enpty. My thanks to Don Pyeatt and Prentiss Hutcheson for providing
the print. About 40K, added
Consolidated YB-60. Seen at
Fort Worth, believed to be the first airplane 49-2676. My thanks
to Don Pyeatt for
sending me the photograph. About 35K, added 08/18/97.
Consolidated YB-60 Inflight.
49-2676 on its first publicly released flight view (could not
tell from the press release if this was the first flight). My
thanks to Don Pyeatt
and Prentiss Hutcheson
for providing the print. About 46K, added 09/14/97.
Consoldiated YB-60 from Above
clearly showing the wing plan of airplane number 1, 49-2676. My
thanks to Don Pyeatt
and Prentiss Hutcheson
for providing the print. About 61K, added 09/14/97.
version of the B-36
Some of the photo's of the XC-99 were
taken August 1997 by David Talley
Color ground view of the
Consolidated XC-99. Color images during the 1940's are
unusual. Here is a very nice color side view of the XC-99,
probably at the time of its first flight. Note the large number
of people watching, most likely at San Diego, California. My
thanks to Bob Trennert
for sending this image. About 74K, added 11/04/06.
Consolidated XC-99 A very nice
right side view in flight. This is the only XC-99 built, a
derivative of the B-36. Serial number is 43-52436. This is a
factory photo taken early in the career of the XC-99, about 1949,
as it does not have radar nose installed later in its life.
Fairly high resolution, very nice inflight view, about 115K,
NOVEMBER 2006 UPDATE - the
USAF National Museum of the United State Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB
is in the process of restoring the XC-99. As you might imagine this is a
massive undertaking. To accomplish this huge restoration the
XC-99 is being dismantled and shipped to Ohio. April Hight took this November
2006 image of the XC-99 Well
into the Dismantling stage, and I thank her for sending it to
me. About 154K, added
Consolidated XC-99 A 1/2 Right
Rear overview. This is the only XC-99 built, a derivative of the
B-36. Serial number is 43-52436. My Thanks to David Talley for sending me the
photograph, taken 8/97. About 52K, added
Consolidated XC-99 Seen from
the rear. This XC-99 was a cargo derivative of the B-36. Only one
XC-99 was built, 43-52436. My thanks to David Talley for sending me the
photograph, taken 8/97. About 37K, updated 9/14/97.
XC-99, this is another 1/2
right rear view, closer than the view above. My thanks to
David Talley for
sending me the photograph, taken 8/97. About 41K, added 9/14/97.
XC-99 Propeller, this view
shows a close up of one of the six pusher propellers used on the
XC-99. My thanks to My thanks to David Talley for sending this
photograph, taken 8/97, about 38K, added
XC-99 inflight. this view shows
the XC-99 during its work days, before the radar was added to the
nose. Quite a contrast to the deteriorated condition it is now.
Via My thanks to Tim
Barber, About 34K, added
(Consolidated Vultee) Model 108 Voyager
and Flying Station Wagon
Several images of Stinson
Airplanes. This link takes you to my Stinson photo page.
Several Stinson's are available. Added 01/01/02, updated often.
(Consolidated Vultee) L-5 Sentinel
Ground view of a Stinson L-5
Sentinel. There is no serial number visible, however
examination of the print shows this airplane has full span
leading edge slots on the wings. Only the prototype, civil
registration NX27772, had full span slots. These long slots
caused a big problem trying to recover from spins, and they were
shortened to half span on this airplane, and all subsequent L-5
Sentinels. B&W, about 53K, Added 06/28/00, Updated (rescanned) 06/01/02.
Ground view of the First Stinson
XL-13 serial number 45-58708. The first two XL-13 aircraft
were built at the Stinson Wayne, Michigan facility. Follow on
production occurred at the Convair San Diego facility. B&W,
about 102K, added
Inflight view of the first production Stinson
(Consolidated Vultee, later Convair) L-13A serial number
46-068. The L-13 was designed by Stinson at their Wayne, Michigan
facility. Two prototypes were built and flown by
Stinson at Wayne, MI. With the sale of the Stinson division to
Piper in late 1948, Consolidated Vultee kept the rights to the
L-13, and put it into production at the San Diego, California,
Convair plant. Eventually 300 L-13's were
built. B&W, about 51K, added 06/28/02.
Second inflight view of the First Stinson
Production L-13A serial number 46-068. This view shows the
right side of the airplane. B&W, about 94K, added 11/13/11.
Very nice inflight view of the first Consolidated
XPBY-1. Black and White photo about 139K in size,
Inflight view of a PBY-5
Catalina. This is the flying boat version (not the amphibian
-5A). Little in the way of markings exist. About 74K, originally
added 01/29/99, rescanned to higher
Consolidated PB2Y-3 Ifnlight.
Believe this view is with the Coronado above San Diego. Note the
pilot's side window is open. B&W, about 107K, added
01/01/01, rescanned to higher resolution
Consolidated PB2Y-3 Taxiing on
the water. Nose has the words "Contract Operation."
Photo taken Dec. 1944, official U.S. Navy Photograph. Serial
Number 7078. About 98K, added 03/19/97, rescanned to higher resolution
Consolidated PB2Y-4 Taking off
from the water. Black and White photo about 115K in size, JPG
format, added 01/03/97, rescanned to
higher resolution 02/01/07.
Consolidated PB2Y-5 Inflight
Inflight view of Consolidated PB2Y-5 Coronado, bureau number
7179. The shot was taken over a lake. About 90k in size, JPG
format. Added 01/03/97, rescanned to
higher resolution 02/01/07.
Consolidated PB2Y-5H JATO Take
Off just lifting off the water. This ambulance version has
the latest type radome. About 87K, added 03/21/97, rescanned to higher resolution
240's and 340's
Convair T-29A Flying Classroom.
Serial number 49-1936, inflight view shows clearly the 4
astrodomes and multitude of antennas. B&W, about 40K,
Convair T-29B Flying Classroom
Serial number 51-5118, inflight view similar to the "A"
model above. B&W, about 55K, added
12/27/98. UPDATE - Jason McMahon, a Convair pilot
for Honeywell Flight Test suggested this airplane was now on the
FAA register as N99380. Checking I found 51-5118 was construction number
249, and Convair c/n 249 is now shown as a model Convair 240, N99380
on the FAA register. It appears it retains the Pratt and Whitney
R-2800 engines. Airplane information
Inflight view of
R4Y-1, Bureau number 141000, manufactures c/n 283, built in 1955.
To the Davis-Monthan AFB "bone yard" as 1G004 Oct 25, 1979.
Later sold and converted to a model Convair 640 with Rolls Royce Dart
engines. Currently on the FAA register as N866TA. B&W, about 167K,
Convair 240 -
340 - 440
Ground side view of Convair 240,
registered to American Airlines, NC94219, a model 240-0, named
Flagship Newark, this is construction number 33, delivered March
9, 1948. B&W, about 70K. Added
Inflight view of the above photo, Convair 240 NC94219,
an American Airlines model 240-0, named Flagship Newark, this is construction
number 33, delivered March 9, 1948. B&W, about 102K. Added
Inside cabin view of Convair 240.
The interior is one of the Pan American Convair 240's with
seating 2 on each side of the aisle with 10 rows, 40 passengers
total. B&W, about 144K. Added
Inflight view of Convair 340,
from below registered to United Airlines, N73102, a model
340-31, construction number 2. This was the first Convair 340 for
United. B&W, about 130K. Added
Second inflight view of Convair 340,
from above registered to United Airlines, N73102, a model
340-31, c/n 2. This was the first Convair 340 for United.
B&W, about 123K. Added
This airplane, N73102, experienced a forced landing only a few
miles from my home in Saugus, California on December 30, 1964.
United scheduled this aircraft to fly a non stop flight from
Freseno Air Terminal (FAT), to Los Angeles International Airport
(LAX), a distance of 209 statue miles, 181 nautical miles. While
over the Santa Clarita Valley, the town of Saugus, both engines
stopped. The United pilot did an excellent job of making a
"dead stick" forced landing, gear up, in an onion field
in Saugus, CA. This is an aerial view of Convair 340
N73102 immediately after the forced landing in a Saugus field
showing the entire airplane in the field. Appears that some of
the crew are still on site. Only 2 minor injuries occurred to the
43 passengers, and 4 crew. Image B&W, about 180K,
United mechanics hoisted the airplane, lowered the landing gear,
replaced the propellers and some other parts. Convair 340
N73102 being given basic repairs on site after a forced
landing. A United Airlines pilot made the take off from the
onion field, flew the airplane gear down to San Francisco for in
depth mechanical examination of the ship. Images B&W., about
162K, Added 07/20/08.
Crew of the United Convair 340 was Pilot William M. Wade,
Co-Pilot Jerry J. Campbell, Stewardesses Carolyn Day and Irene
Benz. Known passenger names are Al Baker, Joann Cox, Martin
Matrich and Evelyn Matich, Mr. & Mrs. Douglas McKay who were
taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Cause of both engines stopping (the engines didn't fail) was
fuel starvation. Talking with a retired American Airlines pilot
who knew United Captain Wade, he told me the crew encountered a
fuel pump problem at Fresno. To overcome this the crew started
the engine with the problem fuel pump using fuel cross feed from
the working engine. Fuel cross feed allows an engine with a good
fuel pump to send fuel to the opposite engine. Problem here,
according to the American Airlines pilot, was the United crew
failed to turn OFF the cross feed after the second engine stated.
So both engines fed off the same fuel tank. With both engines
feeding from one tank the engines quit about 35 miles north of
their intended destinaion. Today that onion field no longer
exists, houses now occupy the fields where onions once
UPDATE - John Wade, son of United Captain
William Wade, the pilot, provided corrections and additional
information. My earlier versions incorrectly said Bakersfield was
the origin of the flight, actually it was Fresno Air Terminal
about 100 miles north of Bakersfield. Second, and very important,
was at the time there was an error in the flight manual about
crossfeed operation. "He was operating the x-feed system in
line with how they were trained. Both training and maintenance
erroneously thought that the Convair, like the DC-6, had a check
valve that prevented transferring fuel from tank to tank. Even
the flight manual at the time was wrong. Dad essentially got led
into a trap." John Wade also believes the aircraft landed in
a beet field, which may be correct, however I have left it onion
field based on living there.
"Some more details on the landing, he was IFR, ATC initially
misidentified him and he had the situational awareness not to
panic and take the first heading they gave him. Good thing as he
would have hit a mountain while still in the clouds. He popped
out of the clouds in a valley, did a 180 to line up with the beet
field and on short "final," had to fly under some power
lines to make the partial flap, gear up landing. On a humorous
note, after they deplaned an elderly woman asked Dad if this
meant she would miss her connection in LAX!"
Bottom line is Captain Wade showed considerable airmanship in a
fine off airport landing, especially so with only 2 minor
injuries to passengers or crew. The passenger who asked if she
would miss her connection at LAX gives a good indication that the
passengers felt he did an excellent job. Local television
interviewing other passengers give the same view from the
UPDATE - Jim Mosley, lived in the area and
actually witnessed the forced landing. Mosley indicates there are
some errors with my explanation. First the landing was made in a
carrot field (Wemaster note - when I moved to the area a few
years after the incident, both carrots and onions were major
crops in the area), and second Mosley indicated the airplane
didn't land under any electrical wires. Mosley's father
was the manager of the Newhall ranch. He got a caterpillar and
flatbed trailer and brought all the passengers to their home.
United airlines bought us new carpet after that event, the mud
was terrible. Mosley also witnessed the takeoff, which although a
shorter runway than normal, did clear the power lines by a good
I'm still looking for a photograph of the take off. Local
schools let out to view the takeoff. All B&W, about 130K,
123K and 161K respectively, added 07/20/08, last updated 05/28/12.
United sold N73102 to Frontier Airlines in September 1966.
Frontier converted the airplane to a model 580 (turbo prop
engines) in December 1966. Frontier flew the airplane until
February 1984 when it was sold to Aspen Airways. Today that
airplane continues to fly by Honeywell Corporation and registered
as N580AS. My thanks to Mark
Black for providing the current status of this
airplane. Current status info Added
UPDATE - Jason McMahon, a Convair pilot
for Honeywell Flight Test provides additional information about
this unique Convair. "The aircraft was acquired in about 1992 by
Allied Signal (hence it's former registration, N580AS) and was
based in South Florida. The aircraft has been used as a flying
avionics testbed since that time, and one of its unique missions
has been to develop, test and certify windshear warning systems
(it has been flown into actual windshear conditions many times
over the years as part of the flight test profiles). In 1998 the
aircraft was relocated to Paine Field in Everett, WA where it continues
to fly often to test Honeywell's latest avionics technologies and
products; Allied Signal became Honeywell and the aircraft was
re-registered as N580HW. Much of its test flying nowadays involves
testing terrain awareness and warning systems (EGPWS), collision
avoidance systems (TCAS), weather radar and windshear systems,
navigation receivers, radar altimeters and a variety of other products."
Current status info Added 05/26/14.