The Budd C-93 Conestoga was the first aircraft of original design to be fabricated entirely of shotwelded stainless steel. It was designed to meet a U.S. Navy specification for a twin-engined cargo carrier and troop transport. The Army version was known as the C-93, but the initial order was canceled due to delays caused by manufacturing problems. The Navy version was designated the RB-1, but only 25 of the initial 200 ordered were delivered before cancellation of that order.
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(updated February 2009)
Budd C-93/RB-1 Conestoga
Type: transport Crew: ? Armament: none Specifications: Length: 68' 0 (20.7 m) Height: 31' 9" (9.68 m) Wingspan: 100' 0" (30.5 m) Wing area: 1400 sq. ft. (130 sq. m) Empty Weight: 20,156 lb (9,150 kg.) Weight loaded: 33,860 lb (15,372 kg) Propulsion: No. of Engines: 2 Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Twin Wasp radial Horsepower: 1200 hp each Performance: Range: 1620 miles (2590 km) Cruise Speed: 165 mph (264 km/h) Max Speed: 197 mph (315.2 km/h)at 7500 ft Ceiling: (not listed)
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