Duke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1151 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1675 times:
It's interesting that there seems to be going on at present a wave of interest in preserving Convair 990s. There are from what I understand five hulls left in the world which are more or less in one piece. Here is a rundown:
This is only the second built, and it is preserved on display at the Mojave airport (MHV). I think something might be happening it, but this is based on but a shadow of evidence and may not be one bit true.
This ex-NASA CV990 was used at Dryden to test shuttle landing gear. It would have been the last to fly, apparently in 1995/6. It has been used as a "gate guardian" at MHV, but apparently should be moved to a museum in the area.
This plane was used by "Denver Ports of Call" and apparently also by Seagreen. It last flew around 1990 I think, but was to be preserved as a flying "museum". However, this fell through. The owner, David Tokoph, is now apparently considering a proposed purchase of the plane by a Texas airport's museum. This would be a fitting preservation project, better than scrapping the plane.
Another very well preserved one is in Switzerland at the Lucerne traffic museum. This ex-Swissair bird was the last CV990 built.
Now this is the last I've found news of. Here is a picture of the last intact Spantax CV990, EC-BZO. I think it flew the last Spantax CV990 flight in like March 1987. Now it was supposed to be a museum's, but instead it has rotted away at the Palma de Mallorca airport and is in very poor condition. However, the caption here says that the plane is to be restored by a Fundacion Aeronautica de Mallorca, which has just bought it. That's good news, this is the last remaining example of the once considerable fleet stored there. It looked like it would just rot until it was scrapped or fell apart.
The only other CV990s apparently remaining are maybe 2 fuselage sections, also ex-Spantax, used for training purposes. Wonder what's behind the presence of several preservation projects. None of these seem likely to fly again, but they should be well preserved. It's a plane that's interested me for years, so I'm happy about it.
MD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 876 posts, RR: 9 Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1635 times:
Considering only a total of 37 Convair 990s were produced, it's good there are as many as 5 candidates for restoration of this unique aircraft. I've heard that the one preserverd in Switzerland is very nice, hopefully the other projects will be as sucessful.
MD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 876 posts, RR: 9 Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1562 times:
Thanks for the pics of the Swissair 990 in Lucerne. It looks terrific! I'd rather they keep it non-flying as it is, it is the best looking 990 left and it would be a shame to have it damaged or destroyed in an incident. Hopefully, one of the other candidates will be restored to flying condition.
If I'm ever in Switzerland I'm definitely dropping by to visit the 990!
Rotor1 From Tajikistan, joined Mar 2003, 230 posts, RR: 3 Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1410 times:
The Convair 990 in El Paso is looking like a lost cause... there are a bunch of us willing to help physically and financially, even some museums ready to take the bird, but the "leader" of the group who had contact with the aircraft owner has gone quiet. Last I heard, the aircraft was going to either have to be sold about 2 months ago, or it was to be scrapped. Lots of hubub on the group talk but no one gave an update after that.
If anything is going on with that thing, theres a load of us on the Convair990 Yahoo! group waiting for news.
The best aviation photo I've ever taken was rejected by Airliners.net
Duke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1151 posts, RR: 2 Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1381 times:
The latest news about the El Paso one is what I said above: the owner is still apparently mulling over whether to give it to a Texan airport museum, which would be good. An Australian museum is also showing interest in acquiring it and flying it to Australia, but no news yet.
Elvis' CV880, N880EP, is beautifully preserved at Graceland. There are two 880s preserved at MHV, one owned by Mike Potter, a pilot and scrapper who salvaged it from a group of about 15 that was stored there until scrappage in 1999. It was supposed to be preserved in taxiable condition for movies, but its TWA livery is in poor condition - at least I don't know if it's stored. The other is owned by a group that is trying to make it airworthy. See www.convair880.com . Finally, there is one CV880 used in Lisbon as a nightclub, but in good condition. The few others that remain in the world, about 4 or 5 I think, are basically all derelict or scrap, it seems.