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Convair 240 (T-29) or (C-131A) 'Spirit Of Modesto' (8463)
The first post-WWII commercial transport designed by Consolidated Vultee evolved primarily as a replacement for the DC-3. The aircraft was powered by two 2,500 hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800 radial engines. Military versions of the 240 were produced as the T-29A to E aircrew trainers for navigators and radar operators, and as C-131A Samaritan personnel or casualty evacuation transports accommodating thirty-seven passengers or twenty-eight stretchers. In the mid-70s, 23 C-131As were refurbished and modified for service with the US Coast Guard and designated HC-131A.