Western Air Lines Convair 240-1
NC8409H (c/n 58)
Western were an early customer for the new
Convair 240 "Convairliner".
of the day was "There's nothing finer
than the Convairliner" and, indeed, that well could
been true in 1948 when the first of these machines was delivered to the
operated their Convairs for a dozen years on the San Diego-Los
Angeles-Las Vegas-Salt Lake
replacing them when the Lockheed L-188 Electras were acquired.
Most airlines of this
subtle changes to their livery on an almost annual basis and Western
were no exception.
Lrkins took a photo of this same aircraft at San Francsico in its
original livery (immediately below)
while under that are two
more images illustrating just two variations of a
upper one is
variation of the original, used just before the "Indian Head" motif was
adopted in the
(as seen in the lower shot). Both these
photographs are mine and were taken at Western's
base at LAX when I worked for the airline in the 1950s and 60s.
240-1 N8410H (c/n 70)