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Is The Ex-NASA CV990 Being Moved?  
User currently offlineDuke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1187 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2481 times:

I have received a note that the blue and white (i.e. ex-NASA) Convair 990 Coronado preserved at Mojave (as a gate guardian) is being moved. Does anyone know where it's going, when, and for what purpose (preservation, training object, scrapping etc), and whether it will fly or be towed there?

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User currently offlineConcord977 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1261 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2398 times:

I have been to MJV many times, and have photographed both remaining 990's hundreds of times.

There have been rumors for two years that the gate guardian is going to be pulled back into the secured space because too many people are tampering with the 990 at night. It has no protection whatsoever.

As for towing for flying - this aircraft will never fly again. It was heavily modified to test the Space Shuttle's landing gear - which do not retract. Mojave is a VERY windy place - and the engine nacelles are full of sand.

Although it is in decent shape, it is estimated that it would take $5-$6 million (US) to get it back in the air again.

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