Hello folks, I'm Leo. I am the Director of Restoration for U.S. Airline Industry Museum Foundation located in Orlando, FL X04. We have a Convair 240 that I am starting the restoration of this week. She is in fair condition but will never fly again so I have decided to make her a static display for tours. She needs to be repainted into correct Pan-AM livery, have a major interior restoration and have a 110v interior lighting system installed. Overall its not to big of a task but I am on a tight budget and wish to get her done in a timely fashion. She suffered a small fire in the rear where the headliner is torn out, I will probably make this a cutout with plexiglass for folks to see the construction of the bird.
Here is a few shots of her in her current condition,
Very neat project you have there, Robert. Best of luck to you in this endeavor. A lot can be done aesthetically under a tight budget.
I can vouch for that! Most of the paint we've used on the guppy has been supplied FOC. We had to pay for the first batch, which wasn't cheap, but we've found a shop that has matched the colours and provides the paint for free
lpage4, I'm very excited to see your project take shape.
Was this particular aircraft originally used in Pan Am service?
Will the livery reflect the style that Pan Am utilized in the late 1940's and early 1950's? I understand that the Convairs had departed the Pan Am fleet by the late-1950's, which makes me wonder if any actually wore Pan Am's jet-era livery with the blue ball on the tail.
Leo, although I'm a big fan of Pan Am, weren't their Convair 240s configured with a left-side main passenger entry door and air-stair? N1022C (with which I'm very familiar, from its Daytona days) has a right-side passenger door and stairs. For authenticity, would you perhaps instead consider restoring her to her original American Airlines livery and registration?
In any case, I applaud all efforts to keep vintage Convairliners and Martins intact. Good luck on the project! -- Dave Kaufman
Post by Chris Trott on Apr 15, 2012 2:12:45 GMT -5
Dave, although not covered here, in another thread, it was brought up about the history, but the museum is mainly around PanAm operations and the aircraft is the one they have, so they will be restoring it with PanAm colors to fit the theme of the museum.
Additionally, I'm not 100% sure on the PanAm configuration because I don't have my 240 books with me, but I'm pretty sure their 240B's had no airstair doors. They had a baggage door on the forward left and a passenger door on the aft left and loaded through ground stairs. All the photos I can find support this. The only thing I see showing a left hand airstair door is the profile view, but that was probably a template, not a rendering based off an actual photo.