Frankm From Germany, joined Jan 2001, 37 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1077 times:
During a trip to PMI I saw a former Spantax CV-990 Coronado (painted in latest company colors, registration ???, more or less in a good condition) parked on a remote apron position.
Because all of its sisterships have been scrapped in the early 90´s I am wondering, what will happen to this aircraft...!
Any informations about this aircraft?
Notarzt From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 642 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1044 times:
Nice to learn it's still there! I've seen it back in 1993 and 1998. Originally, it was reported they planned to preserve the aircraft and to ferry the Coronado to Madrid for a museum. These plans did not materialize. Unfortunately, I am not aware of the registration. Anyone? Furthermore, who's the owner? Any plans?
LN-MOW From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1907 posts, RR: 14 Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1031 times:
It's still there? Great!!
I was in PMI last about 8 years ago, and then there 3 or 4 parked alongside each other. What happened to the rest?
The name Spantax stil causes many airtravellers' nerves to rattle in Scandinavia ...
Duke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1151 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 23 hours ago) and read 1020 times:
At Palma De Malorca was once a WFU fleet of Convair Coronados. All but 2
were completely broken up by sometime in 1995. One had its wings clipped
(is it still there) and the other, probably the ones you're talking about, was
extant as of last report, in one piece basically, but in very poor condition (SEE
PIX ON AIRLINERS.NET) so that I doubt it could be ferried, though apparently
the owner is an aviation museum.
747-451 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2417 posts, RR: 6 Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 22 hours ago) and read 1002 times:
Not all the 990's were broken up. There is one in Texas some place that they are trying to restore. It did belong to Ciskei Internatonal airlines. The group doing it also had a web page which I cant find...
Notarzt From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 642 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 7 hours ago) and read 979 times:
I don't know about CURRENT owner and plans to restore (or not to restore) the aircraft. I was referring to initial plans around 1990/91. This particular aircraft was originally kept operational and stored in front of the former Spantax hangar at PMI (what a historic place!) but time and climate left scarves on her. Anybody knowing which Serial No. it is???
I think Duke was referring to the former Spantax Coronados when saying "all but two were broken up". There are quite a few CV-990s still existing, another one is based in Mojave, California, painted in the colour scheme of APSA Peruvian Airlines, registered N990AB.
Notarzt From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 642 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks ago) and read 956 times:
I have checked my records. The CV-990 still parked in good (complete) condition is EC-BZO. It has been one of the last two CV-990s in service for Spantax until its demise in March 1988 (both painted in full last Spantax colours). The other one, EC-BQQ, remained in PMI for quite a time but wings were cut off and elementary parts dismantled until 1995. It's the hulk described by some others here. On the other hand, I am not sure about the photos of the poor-condition CV-990 in Airliners.net database. There are no Spanatax titles and logos on it, so I assume this is EC-BQQ before wings were cut off and aircraft fell into the "nose up" position. So, I have a different interpretation of the photo than Duke. I would appreciate if anybody could confirm which one is pictured on the Airliners.net photos. The last time I saw EC-BZO (the prospected museum aircraft) it was painted in full - quite fresh-looking - Spantax colours with all markings and complete airframe.
Frankm, may be you could just let me know when you visited PMI? If it's been after 1995/96, the Airliners.net photos are definitely showing EC-BQQ.
Frankm From Germany, joined Jan 2001, 37 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 939 times:
Hi Notarzt Daniel (and everyone who answered)!
Thanks a lot for the infos...!
In this case the plane I saw must be EC-BZO because my last visit to PMI took place in September 2000:
The Coronado (visible in about 200m distance from an airport fence) appeared to be very dirty but still in one part.
No hint about EC-BQQ: Maybe it has been removed from the airport area during the latest construction work at PMI airport.
I´ll check if happened anything new to the last european registerd CV-990, when getting back to PMI this summer....!