Convair C-131F Samaritan

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Naval Air Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 1986
Serial Number

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.

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