Thursday, May 24, 2012

EASTERN AIRLINES MARTIN 404 WALK AROUND

EASTERN AIRLINES MARTIN 404
WALK AROUND

THIS AIRCRAFT IS ON THE RAMP AT MID ATLANTIC AIR MUSEUM
READING, PA. AIRPORT.

I TOOK A TRIP TO READING , PA. AIRPORT AND THE MID ATLANTIC AIR MUSEUM  A FEW WEEKS AGO AND SPENT SOME TIME ON THE RAMP.
 I TOOK A FEW PICTURES OF THIS OLD BIRD, ONE OF MY FAVORITES.


 A BEAUTIFUL AIRCRAFT FROM THE ERA WHEN AIRLINE FLYING WAS A PLEASURE

 Crew: 3 or  
Capacity: 40
                  Length: 74 ft 7 in (22.73 m)                   
Wingspan: 93 ft 3 in (28.42 m)
                   Height: 28 ft 5 in (8.66 m)
                    Wing area: 864 ft2 (80.27 m2)
                    Empty weight: 29,126 lb (13,211 kg)
                    Gross weight: 44,900 lb (20,366 kg)
                   Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CB16 radial piston engine, 2,400 hp (1,790 kW) each
Performance
                    Maximum speed: 312 mph (502 km/h)
                    Range: 1,080 miles (1,783 km)
                    Service ceiling: 29,000 ft (8,840 m)


First deliveries in 1951 were made to Eastern Air Lines (EAL) who had ordered 60

EAL operated their 4-0-4s in the eastern USA using the class name "Silver Falcon". The first EAL schedule was flown on 5 January 1952 and retirement came in late 1962.

SURE MISS THESE OLD BIRDS.



PRATT AND WHITNEY R-2800 CB16 radial piston engine, 2,400 hp
ONE OF THE BEST RECIPS EVER MADE.





SIDE VIEWS

HEAD ON

LEFT STABILIZER  ELEVATOR ELEVATOR TRIM TABS

RIGHT ELEVATOR AND AFT FUSELAGE


RIGHT WING FLAPS 

RIGHT MAIN GEAR STRUT AND REAR GEAR DOOR

FLAP ACTUATOR FAIRING

FLAP ACTUATOR FAIRING LOOKING TOWARD THE LEFT MAIN
NACELLE  WITH COWL FLAPS STUCK OPEN
EXHAUST MANIFOLD 


FRONT VIEW OF NUMBER 1 NACELLE AND NOSE HUB 

UNDERSIDE LOOKING AFT


NOSE GEAR WITH LANDING LIGHT

VERTICAL STABILIZER IN ROUGH SHAPE

A FAMILIAR LOGO


TAIL STAND CONNECTION

WHEN AIRLINERS WERE AIRLINERS

LEFT REAR VIEW OF FLAPS



A SCENE FROM THE PAST

LEFT SIDE FUSELAGE AND CABIN WINDOWS


LEFT MAIN TIRES AND HUB


AUGMENTER EXHAUST TUBE




4 comments:

Comrade Misfit said...

The museum used to keep that 4-0-4 in airworthy condition and fly it to various airshows. I saw it at Sun & Fun a long time ago.

It sure doesn't look airworthy now. The price of avgas probably had a lot to do with it.

Anonymous said...

i worked ops wt/bal eal mdw 1956-59
theses and other props. real adventure for a 19yr old ky kid..
tom webber

Gordon said...

One of those stupid things that will not erase from my memory. Max take off wt at MDW 43,650.
Gordon Bryan
MDW Operations
1956-1959

Ellis R. said...

I flew First Officer on 404's at Southern Airways in 1971. Our planes were purchsed from Eastern and had no autopilot because Eddie Riddenbacker did not believe in them. Wonderful aircraft to fly. National Airline Museum in Kansas City has one they are fixing up to be able to fly.