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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2019, 04:05:21 am »
Hushkit article on cancelled airliners, some of which were based on bombers:

https://hushkit.net/2016/12/19/the-10-coolest-cancelled-airliners/



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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2019, 10:02:20 am »
as noted earlier, not only the Short Stirling Mk.V  was converted to civilian use, but also a number of B-17' that were interned in Sweden.
one even saw service in the Danish Air Force  :mellow:



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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #17 on: October 01, 2019, 08:19:31 pm »
as noted earlier, not only the Short Stirling Mk.V  was converted to civilian use, but also a number of B-17' that were interned in Sweden.
one even saw service in the Danish Air Force  :mellow:




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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #18 on: October 01, 2019, 08:52:35 pm »
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

Victor:
HP.98 (original centre-section, double-bubble fuselage)
HP.111 (wider centre-section, circular-section fuselage)
The HP.111 was actually selected by the RAF, but they were overuled by HMG and told to buy the Belfast instead for political reasons (full employment in NI).

Vulcan: wide-bodied version called the Atlantic:




I'm building something along the lines of kitbashing the Airfix Avro Vulcan with the fuselage of the Airfix BAe Nimrod MR.1/2.It has the Vulcan tail and now has inverted wingtips take from an F-15.

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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2019, 08:57:49 pm »
The Convair XC-90 was proposed as an airliner with the potential customer Pan Am, even a transport version of the B-36 either with or without the turbojets.
The B-32 Dominator was also marketed as an airliner.

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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2019, 11:15:52 pm »
Airliner versions of the Wellington were proposed pre-war and numerous transport conversions of the
Wellington were used during the war.

The H.P. Halton was an airliner/transport version of the Halifax.

A few B-26 Marauders were also converted into executive aircraft.

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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #21 on: October 02, 2019, 04:07:20 am »

Airliner versions of the Wellington were proposed pre-war and numerous transport conversions of the
Wellington were used during the war.


The Viking and Valetta were essentially transport Wellingtons, albeit without the geodetic structure.

And Convair actually built the transport B-36 as the XC-99, but only one of them.
Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage

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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #22 on: October 02, 2019, 04:17:36 am »
Anyone mentioned the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser?  Basically a pop-top B29...
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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #23 on: October 02, 2019, 07:47:42 am »

And Convair actually built the transport B-36 as the XC-99, but only one of them.

The XC-99 still exists, it has a new owner now and their plan is to restore it. I can't remember though if the plan is to restore it to flying condition ---
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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #24 on: October 02, 2019, 01:17:03 pm »
Well the Lockheed C-130 was used as a bomber by the USAF and Argentina,  so an airliner version with tons of soundproofing  ( me thinks that this has been done before  :banghead:)

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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #25 on: October 02, 2019, 11:30:21 pm »
Speaking of repurposed bombers, my friend Tim Nelson's build
of the Contrail Blackburn Kangaroo:
https://modelpaintsol.com/builds/contrail-blackburn-kangaroo-paint-rigging

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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #26 on: October 03, 2019, 06:03:01 am »
Oh that is nice  :thumbsup:
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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #27 on: October 03, 2019, 11:16:39 am »
The Boeing B-29 would make a great airliner project  :banghead:

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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #28 on: October 03, 2019, 11:52:25 am »

The Boeing B-29 would make a great airliner project  :banghead:


Boeing already did it. The Stratocruiser was exactly that, or an airliner B-50 anyway when it got into production.
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Re: Bombers repurposed into transports/airliners
« Reply #29 on: October 03, 2019, 12:11:45 pm »
Yes, but what if you just kept the lower deck  :banghead: