|  Base model:||R2Y|
|  Designation System:||U.S. Navy / Marines|
|  Designation Period:||1931-1962|
|  Basic role:||Transport|
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| Tor Welch|
This aircraft was a "airliner" version of the B-24 (wings engines and tricycle landing gear) and the PB4Y-2 (tall single tail}. Only the circular cross section fuselage was unique to this plane.
It was offered to the Navy early in WWII, when the U.S. had virtually no long range / large capacity transport planes available. It offered both long range and satisfactory capacity.
The only R2Y-1 was given BuNo 09803, (actually accepted as XR2Y-1). It was the single prototype accepted and flown by the U.S Navy.
The other 523 BuNos listed above were simply "reserved"; in case the plane was eventually ordered in quantity.
It wasn't, and the prototype was returned to Consolidated in the mid-40s. (It later was "loaned" to American Airlines as a dedicated air freighter. No others were ever built, as far as we can determine.
10/13/2006 @ 15:35 [ref: 14446]
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