| Conroy Aircraft Co., Santa Barbara, Calif., will transform
the Canadair CL-44 into an outsize cargo aircraft capable of hauling
large jet engines, airframes and other items, according to John M.
Conroy, company president.
Licensing agreements have been signed under which Canadair Aircraft
Ltd. will provide engineering data and exclusive modification rights
for the CL-44 to Conroy Aircraft. Conroy has taken delivery of one
of the swing-tail planes from The Flying Tiger Line, and has options
on three more FTL airplanes.
Engineering and prefabrication for the CL-44 are well under way, Conroy
said. Actual modification
|of the prototype is to begin this month and first flight
is tentatively scheduled for May 1969. It is planned to exhibit the
modification, designated the CL-44-O, at the Paris Air Show next year.
Major features of the modification apparently will be that the 98
ft. long CL-44 fuselage will be enlarged in width to 14 ft. 9 in.
(opposed to the standard 11 ft. 4 in. width) and in height to 11 ft.
5 in. (compared to the standard 6 ft. 6 in. interior height). The
CL-44-O reportedly will offer a 62,500 lb. payload and a 325 knot
cruise speed over a 4,000 mile range. It will retain the four 5,730
eshp Rolls-Royce Tyne turboprop engines of the original CL-44.