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Convair R3Y Tradewind references, articles and publications

Image of Naval Fighters Number Thirty-Four Convair XP5Y-1 & R3Y-1/-2 Tradewind

Naval Fighters Number Thirty-Four Convair XP5Y-1 & R3Y-1/-2 Tradewind

Naval Fighters Steve Ginter

On 20 December 1944, the industry was asked to enter a design competition for a 105,000 pound patrol boat powered by four Pratt & Whitney R-2800 radials. In January 1945, the proposal was amended to include anti-shipping, anti-submarine, and air-search and rescue. Ultimately, the project was cancelled when the submitted designs were deemed marginally superior to existing aircraft. The concept was resurrected on 27 December 1945 in the form of a 165,000 pound flying boat with improved hull design and four turboprop engines to significantly improve performance.

Turbo Tradewind

Volume 20, Issue 01, 1992, Aeroplane / Aeroplane Monthly

Bill Gunston

Bill Gunston describes the US Navy's turboprop-powered Convair XP5Y patrol flying-boat of 1950. and its metamorphosis into the R3Y Tradewind transport

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