Photographic Walkaround of C-131D Samaritan


Photographic Walkaround of C-131D Samaritan – Serial No: 54-2808

The C-131 was a short range military transport version of the Convair-Liner built by General Dynamics.  It was the first pressurized, twin engine transport ordered by the Military Air Transport Service.  The T-29 version of this aircraft filled the back of the plane with student stations and was used to train bombardiers, navigators, and electronic warfare officers.  March Field Air Museum’s C-131 is a D model, serial number 54-2808, manufactured by Consolidated Vultee of San Diego, CA and was delivered to the U.S. Air Force on October 19, 1954.  It served with the 1299th Air Transport Squadron (MTC), 4500th Air Base Wing (TAC), 1001st Composite Wing, and the 125th Fighter-Interceptor Group (ANG).  It was an east coast airplane flying out of Bolling AFB, D.C.; Langley AFB, VA; Andrews AFB, MD; and Jacksonville AP, FL.

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