Consolidated C-109 Tanker (Liberator)
The Consolidated C-109 Tanker was a fuel transport aircraft based on the B-24. It was produced by removing all of the guns and bombing equipment from a standard B-24, and replacing them with six new fuel tanks – one in the nose, two in the bomb bay and three in the rear fuselage. The aircraft could carry 2,400 gallons of fuel. The XC-109 was converted from a B-24E and the 218 C-109s were converted from B-24Js and B-24Ls. The majority of C-109s were used to transport fuel across the “hump”, taking aviation fuel to the B-29 units that were operating from bases in China (although the numbers never reached the intended levels). A smaller number saw service in Europe, with IX Troop Transport Command and ATC. These were purely transport aircraft, not refuelling aircraft like most modern flying tankers.
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Rickard, J (1 February 2008), Consolidated C-109 Tanker (Liberator) , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_C-109_liberator_tanker.html