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Convair XC-99 and derivatives

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I've seen where Beryl A. Erickson was pilot on XC-99 first flight - also copilot - does anyone know exactly who was pilot and who was copilot? Thanks! -SP
 

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Very nice pics showing the B-60-like canopy planned for the production model. Rather ugly if you ask me... but interesting! Thanks for sharing.
 

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Stargazer2006 said:
...Rather ugly if you ask me... but interesting! ...
Not ugly, just purposeful ! ;) Couldn't be mistaken for a converted airliner anymore.
And the flight deck wouldn't have impeded the cargo bay and nose doors. Additionally
probably the original B-36 flight deck could have been used, so easing production.
 

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Convair XC-99 factory model (note stand is similar to C-99 model, posted above). The heat-reflective white paint over the flight deck was eventually added to the actual prototype as well.
 

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Convair XC-99 later in its career (tail number starts with "O-" for obsolete).
 

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Nice XC-99 cockpit photo in flight.


http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40600/m1/1/sizes/xl/
 

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More photos of XC-99 here


http://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/partners/LDMA/browse/?q=xc-99&t=fulltext
 

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Convair XC-99 landing at Lindbergh Field, San Diego, at the end of its first flight. Note the large, single-wheel main landing gears. Because of damage to runways, these were later replaced with 4-wheel bogies, identical to the B-36 arrangement.
 

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First B-36s had the large single wheel too. -SP
 

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circle-5 said:
... Because of damage to runways, these were later replaced with 4-wheel bogies, identical to the B-36 arrangement.
And IIRC, there was an accident, too, where the single wheel broke away (Think, I saw a photo in the Squadron Signal
issue about the B-36).
 

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TsrJoe said:
'Scottish Airlines' liveried XC.99 ...
Now THERE's something different! Thanks for sharing. :)
 

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Would the Model 6 have been for commercial or military use? Were there any plans for increased cargo and/or passenger capacity relative to the C-99?
 

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Air and Space information on the Convair Model 37 project, civilian version of the XC-99.
http://www.air-and-space.com/xc99.htm
 

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Nice drawing my dear Dynoman.
 

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A summary of designations and dates for design start

Convair Model 36 bomber (1941): B-36

Convair Model 36 transport (1942): XC-99

Convair Model 37 transport (1942): XC-99

Convair Model 37 airliner (1945)

Source: Convair Advanced Designs by Robert E. Bradley
 

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TsrJoe said:
'Scottish Airlines' liveried XC.99 ...

B)
This one is interesting, although obviously a case of wishful thinking by McIntyre. Scottish Aviation had a good business relationship with Consolidated and were probably aware of the project but this artwork has odd errors in the shape of the wing and engine nacelles. I wonder if it was based on early Consolidated artwork or just a case of artist's memory failure?
 

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I keep thinking of an alternate LAX of the 1950's with both Convair Model 37's and Lockheed Constitution's, in the markings of different airlines, boarding passengers.
 

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204 passengers.

What would have been the capacity if they used the seating density they use today.

IIRC, I did read the Brabazon could have seated 300.
 
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