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Convair XC-99
« on: July 02, 2007, 01:14:04 pm »
The world's largest land plane, the XC-99, made its first flight in San Diego on 23 November 1947. The XC-99, serial 43-52436, is a double deck transport variant of the B-36. It has a considerably larger fuselage, but was never fitted with jet pods. The wingspan is the same 230 feet, but the fuselage is 23 feet longer at 185 feet. The payload of the XC-99 was 101,000 pounds or 400 fully equipped troops.

Delivered to the Air Force on November 23, 1949, the XC-99 was retired in 1957. Following its retirement, the XC-99 was on public display at Kelly Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas until 1993 when it was moved to Wright Patterson Air Force Base for restoration.


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Re: Convair XC-99
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2007, 10:29:25 pm »
Not sure if the entire plane has been moved yet. Saw some pictures online that show that the upper deck has been cut off and shipped to Dayton, along with much of the wings and tail except for the main spars and such.


Production version with nose door and new cockpit

Proposed jet powered version

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Re: Convair XC-99
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2007, 01:13:17 am »
Canisd,

please could you tell me the source of this pictures?
The production version profile is right, but I have been reading Magnesium Overcast by Dennis R Jenkins (page 33) and a VDT engined version was studied but there is no single mention about a C-99 jet powered version.

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Re: Convair XC-99
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2007, 05:33:14 am »
You can find this cutaway drawing at airwar.ru
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Re: Convair XC-99
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2007, 06:15:20 am »
Muchas gracias Golfus!

A similar cutaway (English text) is also included on Mr Jenkins's B-36 book.

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Re: Convair XC-99
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2007, 09:00:02 am »
I modified drawings I scanned from my copy of B-36 in Action based on the drawing of the production C-99 in Magnesium Overcast, the one posted by Golfus.
I also found a large exploded drawing of a proposed jet powered C-99 while surfing the vast and infinite web. It may have even been here, I'm not sure.

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Re: Convair XC-99
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2007, 03:01:26 pm »
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I also found a large exploded drawing of a proposed jet powered C-99 while surfing the vast and infinite web. It may have even been here, I'm not sure.


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that's another mistery solved by secretprojects forum team:

http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2931511060048918155qsFJEH

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Seen here was the next logical step for Convair, marrying the swept-back wings of the YB-60 and the fuselage of the XC-99. The Model 6, however, retained the rounded cockpit of the B-36 rather than the airliner-style windows of the XC-99 (Model 37). The YB-60 was Convair's proposal for a large long-range heavy bomber; this was based on the B-36. Only two YB-60s were built; the USAF opted for Boeing's Model 464 (better known as the B-52) instead. This rare illustration comes from Dennis Jenkins et al., "B-36 Photo Scrapbook," (Hinckley, Leics.: Specialty Press, 2003), p. 85. This is the companion book to "Magnesium Overcast," by the same authors.

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Re: Convair XC-99
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2009, 09:32:15 pm »
Have done drawings of the C-99 last year, who's interested in a
higher res file, just drop a PM with a mail adress.
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Re: Convair XC-99
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2009, 03:37:33 pm »
Convair Model 37 designed to carry 204 passengers based on the XC-99.

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Using the wings and the engines of the mighty B-36 bomber, Convair proposed a huge doubledeck USAF transport. Designers imagined a passenger-carrying version of this land-based postwar leviathin, offering a level of luxury that would have even put the spectacular Boeing 377 Stratocruiser to shame. (Source: unknown)
http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2944279650048918155ZfCbGi
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Re: Convair XC-99
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2009, 03:46:43 pm »
Cross section artist impression of Convair Model 37. Interior design by Henry Dreyfus.
http://www.aggregat456.com/2009/06/designing-friendly-skies.html
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Re: Convair XC-99
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2010, 01:04:52 pm »
Nice artist's impression of a civilian Model 37 liner from a 1945 Time Magazine advertisement.

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Re: Convair XC-99
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2010, 01:24:57 pm »
99 ( ;)!) pictures of the Convair XC-99 at SDASM Archives. Some pictures are in colour, others show the cockpit.
Link: http://www.flickr.com/search/?ss=2&w=49487266%40N07&q=XC-99&m=text
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Re: Convair XC-99
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2011, 12:55:54 pm »
XC-99 via Life magazine. -SP

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Re: Convair XC-99
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2011, 04:01:37 pm »
Photograph of Convair XC-99 take-off from Code One magazine website:

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The Convair XC-99, a prototype heavy cargo aircraft built for the US Air Force, was the largest piston-engined land-based transport aircraft ever built. It was derived from the B-36 bomber. The first flight was on 23 November 1947 in San Diego, California. After initial testing, the giant aircraft was delivered to the Air Force on 23 November 1949. The XC-99 is currently being restored for eventual display at the National Museum of the US Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

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http://www.codeonemagazine.com/gallery_slideshow.html?item_id=1263

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Re: Convair XC-99
« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2011, 09:04:00 pm »
From GoletaBrian, at the Goleta Air & Space Museum, on YouTube:

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The prototype Convair XC-99 made its first flight at San Diego, California on November 23, 1947. It was powered by six 28-cylinder, 4,360-cubic-inch radial engines. From Air Force Engineering Division Film: Experimental and Research Aircraft.




From AVhistorybuff on YouTube:

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Color video of Convair's wide-body transport derivitive of the B-36. Video starts with a landing of a B-36B at Convair's Fort Worth plant followed by the giant XC-99 rolling out to the runway for a slow takeoff.




Image of Convair XC-99.

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http://www.stinsonflyer.com/sf-99.htm
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