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Convair CV-240
1954-1969

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Convair 240 operated most of VARIG's lines during 50s and 60s. Convair 240 was one of the fastest planes in the world. The exceptional 435 km/h speed was one of the decisive factors in the decision to incorporate them into VARIG´s fleet: the considerable reduction in flight time was a major point in a nation with a territory as large as Brazil´s. VARIG had thirteen of these airplanes, which it flew regularly between the major Brazilian cities, Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Convair 240 was also the first aircraft used by VARIG on "Ponte Aérea" (Air Bridge) Rio de Janeiro - São Paulo.
Unlike Douglas DC-3 and Curtiss C-46 aircraft that were used in World War II, Convair 240 was specially designed for commercial aviation, giving more comfort to passenger as pressurized cabin, flying at high altitudes (with less turbulence) and lower noise. Convair 240 also brought other innovations such tricycles landing gear and reversible propellers. With Convair 240 VARIG inaugurated the first concrete runway of Porto Alegre airport. After this purchase, VARIG's pilots and mechanics went the USA for full aircraft's courses.
After Real-Aerovias-Nacional airlines incorporation, in 1961, VARIG acquired more units of Convair 340 and Convair 440, an improved version.

 

 

Operated units

13

Constructor

Consolidated Voultee Aircraft Corp., USA

Engine

Two Pratt & Whitney , R-2800 CB 17 2500 HP

Wingspread

91,76 feet

Length

74,67 feet

Height

26,90 feet

Cruising speed

270,3 miles/h

Flight reach

1,798,95 miles

Maximum flight altitude

30,021 feet

Cruising radius

6hs 30 min

Empty aircraft weight

27,968 pounds

Maximum take-off weight

43,052 pounds

Technical crew

03 (2 pilots and 1 radio telegraph operator)

Maximum number of passengers

40

Minimum runway length

2,952 feet

Minimum landing strip length

2,952 feet

 

 

 

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