Yesterday, we looked at the gorgeous artistic technical drawings that were created as Convair conceived their new pressurized 240 airliner, the plane they hoped would challenge the Douglas DC-3 for a share of the postwar commercial airliner market. Once the drawings were done, it was time to build. Culling more photos from the Convair Negatives collection at the San Diego Air and Space Museum, we can take a look at the finished concept of the aircraft, construction of the first Convairliner, NX90849, and early serial production of the 240.
Interestingly, the 240 got its name in a very practical way: two engines, forty passengers. A 240 was also the first private aircraft to be used by a presidential candidate on the campaign trail when Sen. John F. Kennedy flew in one christened Caroline after his young daughter.
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