SAMARITAN
SAMARITAN

Manufacturer

CONVAIR

Markings:

Naval Air Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 1986

Designation:

C-131F

Serial Number:

141017

CONVAIR C-131F SAMARITAN

Based on the Convair CV-340 and given the Navy designation R4Y-1 a total of 36 Samaritans served the U.S. Navy as staff transports. The primary difference is the addition of a large cargo door on the side of the military versions. The Convair designs were not as successful as other airliners in civil service, but they had a long history in the military. The first were delivered in 1952 and they continued in service until well into the 1980s. The C-131s performed an unglamorous, but vital role by moving military personnel quickly and efficiently between bases.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 105 ft 4 in
  • Length: 81 ft 6 in
  • Height: 29 ft 2 in
  • Weight: 54,600 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 293 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 24,500 ft
  • Range: 1,605 miles
  • Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-99W radials, 2,500 horsepower each
  • Crew: 4, passengers 44