The CV-240/340/440 series was used by the United States Air Force (USAF) for medical evacuation and VIP transport and was designated as C-131 Samaritan. The first model Samaritan, the C-131A, was derived from the CV-240 model, and was delivered to the USAF in 1954.
The United States Navy used the Samaritan, initially designated as the R4Y until 1962, at which point the naval aircraft were also redesignated as C-131s.
Nearly all of the C-131s left the active inventory in the late 1970s, but the U.S. Coast Guard operated the aircraft until 1983, while the Air National Guard and Navy units operated additional airframes, primarily as Operational Support Aircraft (OSA) for Air National Guard flying wings and as naval air station aircraft until 1990.
|DISPLAY STATUS||COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||CURRENT LOCATION|
|In Storage||United States||In Storage|
|PURPOSE & TYPE||MATERIALS||ERA & DATE RANGE|
1945 – 1975
|MFG: Convair/General Dynamics
First Produced: 1949
Number Built: None
Acquired by Yanks in 2004
|Wingspan: 38 ft 9 in
Wing Area: 375 sq ft
Length: 46 ft 1.5 in
Height: 16 ft
Empty Weight: 30,464 lbs
Gross Weight: 47,000 lbs
Powerplant: (2) P&W R-2800-52W
Horsepower: 2,500 lbs (each)
Cruise Speed: 289 mph
Maximum Speed: 294 mph
Range: 1600 miles
|Delivered: January 3, 1956
1956-1960 – BAR San Diego, CA
Sept 25, 1960 – BAR Columbus, OH
Jan 25, 1961 – NAS Anacostia VC-131F conversion.
May 1962-82 – NAF Andrews, Washington DC
August 18, 1982 – MASDC/Davis Monthan AFB, Tuscon, AZ
Late 340 /440 Admirals A/C – Commander of Naval Reserve 12,322 flight hours