World War II saw a tremendous number of advances in aviation technology. Low-speed maneuverability, robust pressurization systems, and implementation of the first jet engines are just a few of the amazing developments made. Returning GIs, having experienced air travel to distant lands, were expected to fuel a postwar travel boom. That perceived need drove companies such as Consolidated Vultee Airlines (Convair) to propose a new series of medium-range airliners, thus giving birth to the Convair-Liner and their turboprop-powered conversions - the Turbo-Liner. More than 55 years after the first flight of the Convair-Liner, turboprop-powered examples of the type are still hauling cargo in the United States and passengers in a few foreign countries. This book discusses the development of the Convair Twins and their eventual transition from piston power to turboprop power. Over 300 photos illustrate Convair Twins' interior, exterior, powerplants, and systems. Find out who the initial delivery customers of the 240, 340, and 440 were. This book covers the many challenges Convair faced and the technologies employed to advance it. Also covered are military models, domestic and foreign airline operators and models flown, second airline owners, and significant dates in Convair-Liner history.
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Nicholas A. Veronico is the president of the Northern California Chapter of the American Aviation Historical Society. His many books include F4U Corsair: The Combat, Development, Racing History of the Corsair, Giant Cargo Planes, Military Aircraft Boneyards, and Blue Angels: Sixty Years of Aerial Excellence. He served as an editor for Pacific Flyer Aviation Newspapers, In Flight USA, and Airliners: The World's Airline Magazine. He lives in San Carlos, California.Review:
Modeling Madness, September 2005, reviewed by Scott Van Aken
"It is a book that I found not only a fascinating read, but a real feast for the eyes with all the great photographs. Many of us like the Convair twins and now we have a great book on the subject."
Internet Modeler, October 2006, reviewed by Chris Banyai-Riepl
"It is great to see this latest addition in the Airliner Tech series, and hopefully with this great reference we will see a new tool 1/144 injection plastic kit of the Convair twin, either piston engined or turboprop."
IPMS, November 2006, reviewed by Walt Fink
"This book gives the airliner buff a good background into one of the most utilized aircraft in history. I highly recommend it to airliner enthusiasts for its detail as well as great presentation of airline liveries, most of which will bring back memories to those who remember the aircraft or have flown on it."
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Book Description Specialty Press, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111580070736
Book Description Specialty Press, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB1580070736