Aircraft Photo of C-GKFY | Convair 580(F) | #57195
Registration / Serial:C-GKFY
Other Marks:091
Aircraft Original Type:Convair 240
Aircraft Generic Type:Convair 340/440/540/580/640 (C-131)
Aircraft Version:Convair 580(F)
C/n (msn):91
City / Airport:KelownaMap
Region / Country:British Columbia, Canada
Airport Codes:ICAO: CYLW   IATA: YLW   Local: CYLW   Other: -
Photo Date:16 September 2014
Photo by:Ralph M. Pettersen
Photo ID: 57195
Photo Comment

A spares aircraft for Kelowna Flightcraft. This was one of two CV340s converted to turboprop powered YC-131C in 1954 by the installation of YT-56-A-3 engines, thus becoming America's first multi-engine turboprop military transports. Assigned USAF serial 53-7886 where it served alongside 53-7887 as a testbed to prove the feasibility of turboprop engines for military operations. In 1955 the two aircraft flew a total of 3,000 hours and were later assigned to MATS. Was leased to General Motors in 1957 for development testing of Allison's civilian 501-D13 version of the T-56. It later served with the FAA and a host of civilian operators.

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