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The Conroy Skymonster (CL-44-0) is a 1960s United States specialized cargo aircraft based on the Canadair CL-44 freighter, with an outsize fuselage.

Conroy Skymonster (CL-44-0)

Design and development

The aircraft was designed by John M. Conroy as a transport aircraft that could be used to ferry three Rolls-Royce RB.211 jet engines from Belfast, Northern Ireland, to Palmdale, California, United States. The engines were to be installed on the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar airliner.

The Skymonster was derived from a Canadair CL-44 freighter, itself a derivative of the Bristol Britannia. It features an enlarged fuselage, like the Mini Guppy which was produced by Jack Conroy's previous company, Aero Spacelines.

The conversion was performed outdoors, under covered scaffolding, at the Santa Barbara California airport. The nose section was built using foam covered with fiberglass, while the larger fuselage was constructed using conventional aluminum structure.

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 In August 2008, it was reported that the aircraft was in the process of being scrapped,however as of September this was on hold amid further rumours about donation to a museum in Germany.

On 14 January 2010, Bournemouth International Airport Limited offered the aircraft for sale in the London Gazette.

After a long period of storage, activity was again seen around the Skymonster during the summer of 2013. In July 2013 it was registered N447FT in the United States to a Jordan Harlan Wayne

Canadair
Conroy Skymonster (CL-44-0)

The Skymonster first flew on 26 November 1969, under the US registration "N447T". The CL-44 from which it had been converted also bore this same registration, and was previously operated by the Flying Tiger Line.

Only one prototype was built. Another one was ordered, but the CL-44 on which it was to be based crashed before delivery.

Canadair Cl-44 Skymonster: See below

  • History

    Role Large outsize-cargo transport aircraft

    Manufacturer Conroy Aircraft

    First flight 1969

    Status Active service

    Primary users Heavylift Cargo

    Transmeridian Air Cargo

    Number built 1

    Developed from Canadair CL-44

  • General Info

    Crew: 3 (4 including loadmaster)

    Length: 136 ft 11 in (41.73 m)

    Wingspan: 142 ft 4 in (43.37 m)

    Height: 36 ft 8 in (11.18 m)

    Empty weight: 88,952 lb (40,348 kg)

    Useful load: 66,048 lb (29,959 kg)
    Powerplant: 4 × Rolls-Royce Tyne 515/50 turboprops, 5,730 shp (4,270 kW) each

     

  • Performance

    Performance

    Maximum speed: 670 km/h

    Cruise speed: 349 knots (402 mph, 646 km/h)

    Range: 4,855 nm (5,588 mi, 8,990 km)

    Service ceiling: 30,000 ft (9,100 m)

     

Conroy Skymonster (CL-44-0)

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The Skymonster first flew on 26 November 1969, under the US registration "N447T". The CL-44 from which it had been converted also bore this same registration, and was previously operated by the Flying Tiger Line.

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