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Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« on: September 30, 2019, 12:31:38 pm »
looking back at my converted P-3 Orion (see L188-75 Junior Electra), i was thinking of converting more bombers into airliners, regional transports or executive aircraft.

after the war, a number of B-17's, Avro Lancasters,...were stripped of all armament and converted to civilian use.
IIRC, the Dornier Do-17 bomber was originally designed as a Lufthansa airliner or mail plane.

recently, i was thinking of repurposing the Nord Noratlas or Vickers Wellington as a passenger aircraft (Wellington would be renamed the "Welchman"). i believe other bombers could be converted aswell?
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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2019, 12:52:57 pm »
The Boeing B-47 would make a great airliner,  I tried building a Northrop YB-49 and converting that into an airliner but I couldn't get the roof/ceiling right. I might try a B-2 Spirit instead. Where as the Rockwell B-1B is limited to how many seats are available sort of Mach 1 business jet.

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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2019, 12:54:30 pm »
The pax in a B-47 airliner would love to have their seat space invaded by four ginormous wheels when the captain retracted the gear I'm sure...…..  :o
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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2019, 01:16:07 pm »
Spain and the Czechs used He 111s as transports, the former building their own.

Argentina used several Lincolns, converted in a similar manner to the Lancastrian, as transports.  The Luftwaffe had at least one Ju 88 converted to carry passengers.
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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2019, 02:41:08 pm »
Is it just me,  the B-47  resembles the Bede airliner or am I getting it confused with something else?

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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2019, 02:54:31 pm »

Is it just me,  the B-47  resembles the Bede airliner or am I getting it confused with something else?


There are similarities between the B-47 and the Baade 152, but the Baade had a high wing rather than a mid wing.

And the B-47 flew  a LOT better...…………
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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2019, 03:09:58 pm »
There were proposals for a B-58 with a pod for 5 “lucky” VIP’s and a full fuselage version.

I could see a B-24 (and there were transport versions)

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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2019, 03:31:07 pm »
There were proposals for a B-58 with a pod for 5 “lucky” VIP’s and a full fuselage version.

Mach 2 biz-jet?

B-25s and A/B-26 Invaders were converted into early corporate aircraft
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« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2019, 05:02:56 pm »
And let's not forget HSA's P.1128 proposal for the Hunter...
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« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2019, 06:31:18 pm »
Four B-17s were converted to C-108 transports but the aircraft was unsuitable for that mission.
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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2019, 09:35:20 pm »
Sunderland/Sandringham, Seaford/Solent.  A Whitley might be one to convert, BOAC used some for a short time. I've got an Amiot 143 that I've been thinking of turning into a civilian job.
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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2019, 12:00:24 am »
I did a B-26 airliner a while ago (for a GB, IIRC), and I have the idea of a B-66 feederliner in the back of my mind - maybe even with low wings.

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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2019, 12:42:06 am »
Would have thought the Shorts Stirling would be suitable and available, given it's enormous fuselage and relatively indifferent performance as a bomber.

Following the Lancastrian/Welshman theme, you could call it the Scotsman... ;)


How about an alternative Boeing airliner combining a 707 fuselage (stretched?) with a B-52 wing and engines?

There were plans for airliner conversions/derivatives of all the V-bombers:

Valiant: early V1000 studies

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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2019, 12:52:39 am »
Four B-17s were converted to C-108 transports but the aircraft was unsuitable for that mission.

Sweden also converted several interred B-17s into airliners.  No idea how well they worked at it.
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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2019, 02:28:16 am »
Would have thought the Shorts Stirling would be suitable and available, given it's enormous fuselage and relatively indifferent performance as a bomber.

a number of transport converted stirlings did saw service after WW2, there was only one civil operator and that was Trans-Air, here in Belgium  :mellow:
they operated 10 aircraft, 9 were eventually sold to the egyptian air force.

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