XT-606 Convair 240-14
Since I have no images of any
ChiCom airliners, I will group all Nationalist Chinese registered
aircraft (both mainland and Taiwan) under this
common entry for the Republic of China.
Central Air Transport Corporation was formed in 1943 to replace the old
company. Surplus C-47s were initially acquired in 1946 and in
1949 six Convairliners
were ordered new from the manufacturer. This shot of the
fourth to be delivered was taken at
San Diego in 1949.
Based in Shanghai, CATC had routes to many major cities within China.
Upon the fall of Nationalist China to the Communists
at the end of 1949, the Convairs passed to
the CIA-controlled Civil Air
Transport (CAT). XT-606, like several other former
Convairs was later operated
by Mohawk Airlines for many years. This one as N1016C.
it repurchased from Japan Domestic Airlines by its manufacturer,
re-registered N24029, and sold to
Houston Aviation Products. It was finally withdrawn from
service in Houston in 1969.