C-131D Samaritan

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Manufacturer: Convair
Designation: C-131
Version: D
Nickname: Samaritan
Type: Cargo / Transport
First Flew: 07/28/1954
Length: 75'  
Height: 27'  
Wingspan: 92'  
Wingarea: 920.00 Sq Ft 85.46 Sq M
Empty Weight: 31305.0 lbs 14197.0 Kg
Gross Weight: 49700.0 lbs 22539.0 Kg
Max Weight: 52414.0lbs 23770.0 Kg
Payload: 37 seats or 27 stretchers  
No. of Engines: 2
Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-99W
Horsepower (each): 2500
Range: 1300 miles 2093.00 Km
Cruise Speed:      
Max Speed: 293 mph   292.97 Kt
Climb: 1260.00 Ft/min  
Ceiling: 24,500'  


The twin-engine, tricycle gear C-131D was a military transport version of the civilian Convair-Liner 340 built by General Dynamics. The first pressurized twin-engine air-evacuation, cargo, aircrew training and troop transport ordered by the U.S. Military Air Transport Service, it could carry 37 seated passengers or 27 stretchers. A standard integral stairway that folded into the aircraft was located on the right side. A large hydraulically operated door, opening upwards was provided on the left side.


The standard T-29 version had 14 fully equipped training stations for students of advanced navigation. The navigation/bombing trainer model had accommodations for six students and two instructors.

The museum’s C-131D, serial number 54-2808, was delivered to the Air Force on October 19 1954. It served as a VIP transport in the Military Transport Command with the Special Missions-Medium, at Bolling AFB, D.C. until 1956 when it was re-assigned to Langley AFB, Virginia. In 1964, the aircraft was transferred to Andrews AFB, Maryland. In 1975, the aircraft was transferred to the Air Guard and sent to Jackson Airport, Florida. 1989 saw the end of 54-2808s service life, the aircraft was retired from active duty and flown to March Field Air Museum. This aircraft is on loan from the NMUSAF

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According to the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA/RSA), Maxwell
AFB, AL, the museum's C-131D has the following history:

The museum's C-131 is a D model, serial number 54-2808, manufactured by
Consolidated-Vultee, San Diego, CA, and delivered to the Air Force on 19 October
1954. It served with the following locations:

Oct 1954 -  To 1299th Air Transport (Special Missions-Medium), (MTC), Bolling
AFB DC    (MTC is the abbreviation for Military Air Transport Service and
Special Missions aircraft were used for V.I.P. Transport.)

May 1956 -  To 4500th Support Squadron (TAC), Langley AFB VA

Mar 1960  - To 4500th Air Base Wing (TAC), Langley AFB VA

Feb 1964  - To 1001th Air Base Wing (HQ USAF), Andrews AFB MD

Jul 1968  - Unit became 1001st Composite Wing

Apr 1975  - To 125th Fighter-Interceptor Group (ANG), Jacksonville AP FL
(according to sources at Maxwell AFB this aircraft was most likely used for a
general personnel transport and a V.I.P. Transport).

May 1989  - Dropped from USAF inventory by transfer to school or museum

This aircraft made its very last flight from Jacksonville AP FL to March
Field in 1989 and officially retired from U.S. Air Force service on May 31st
1989 with a total of 17892.6 flight hours on the airframe.   This aircraft is on
loan from the USAF.


An additional list of specifications for the C-131D Samaritan follows:

Origin: U.S.A.

Manufacturer: Consolidated-Vultee in San Diego, Califomia

Designation: C-131

Variant: D

Total Number Built: 240

Class Type: Low Wing

Branch of Service: United States Air Force

Type: Military Transport

Trainer Version: T-29

Crew: 5, Pilot, Co-Pilot, In-flight Engineer, and two Stewards.

Passenger Seats: 44

Lavatories: 2, one up front and one aft.