Consolidated RY Liberator transport

The Consolidated RY Liberator was the US Navy designation for transport aircraft based on the B-24 Liberator, known as the C-87 in the USAAF. Three variants were recognised, the first two identical to the Army aircraft and one custom built for the Navy.

RY-1/ RY-2

The RY-1 and RY-2 were the naval versions of the C-87A VIP transport aircraft and C-87 Liberator Express transport aircraft. Only eight aircraft received these designations, three RY-1 VIP transports and five RY-2s.   


The RY-3 was the transport version of the PB4Y-2 Privateer, the Navy’s own variant on the B-24 Liberator. It combined the single large tail of the PB4Y-2 with the cargo modifications of the C-87/ RY-1.

A total of 39 RY-3s were produced. Five of them were converted from the C-87 standard using aircraft built at Fort Worth, while 34 were custom built at the Consolidated factory at San Diego.

 Consolidated B-24 Liberator (Crowood Aviation), Martin W. Bowman. A well balanced book that begins with a look at the development history of the B-24, before spending nine out of its ten chapters looking at the combat career of the aircraft in the USAAF, the US Navy and the RAF.
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (5 February 2008), Consolidated RY Liberator transport,

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