Western Air Lines Convair 240-1
NC8409H, by Bill Larkins via Ed Coates Collection. Notes: Western were an early customer for the new Convair 240 "Convairliner". Consolidated-Vultee's slogan of the day was "There's nothing finer than the Convairliner" and, indeed, that well could have been true in 1948 when the first of these machines was delivered to the airline. Western operated their Convairs for a dozen years on the San Diego-Los Angeles-Las Vegas-Salt Lake route, only replacing them when the Lockheed L-188 Electras were acquired. Most airlines of this era made subtle changes to their livery on an almost annual basis and Western were no exception. Bill Larkins took a photo of this same aircraft at San Francsico in its original livery below.