duke
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Nasa Coronado Preserved?

Thu Jun 12, 2003 1:50 am

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Here is a view of NASA's CV990 Coronado, which was a
Dryden test a/c, but is now stored at Mojave. The caption
lists the aircraft as a gate guardian, but I don't see a gate
anywhere.

Who owns the jet (NASA still?) and is it in any way
preserved, or is it just lying around? The lack of NASA
markings and the website written on it suggest it's now
Mojave Airport's.
 
Navion
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Yes, It's At The Entrance To Mojave

Thu Jun 12, 2003 1:53 am

I was admiring this 990 just this past April. There are no fences around it so when you drive into the entrance road at Mojave, you see it right away. You can just pull off to the side of the road and walk up to it! It's a real gas. You can see some of the modifications just behind the main landing gear wheel well area where they affixed various mechanisms to test wheels & brakes etc. Check it out, it's worth the trip.
 
duke
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RE: Nasa Coronado Preserved?

Fri Jun 13, 2003 1:42 am

Navion, do you know who owns it? Is it permanently
displayed or may NASA take it back?
 
CV990
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RE: Nasa Coronado Preserved?

Fri Jun 13, 2003 1:46 am


Hi!

That one and another that is in Luzern are aparently the only CV990's that were preserved. The Luzern one is ex: Swissair and it is in a pristine condition!
Regards
CV990, the Maserati of the skies!
 
Navion
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RE: Nasa Coronado Preserved?

Fri Jun 13, 2003 2:06 am

I don't know which entity actually owns the aircraft but NASA has in fact retired it. Only extremely extenuating circumstances would warrant bringing this aircraft back into their fleet and I cannot imagine what those circumstances would be. The jet is complete however but would be a heckuva job for someone to get it flying again.
 
4holer
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RE: Nasa Coronado Preserved?

Fri Jun 13, 2003 3:45 am

That Convair 880 restoration project said that they are expending to include the 990. Not sure what that meant.

They also say that a letter to their supporters is "coming soon", and I'm hoping that doesn't mean that the project is abandoned altogether. They haven't done any work in over a year and not much $$ for stuff like this post 911, so...

j
Ghosts appear and fade away.....................
 
4holer
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RE: Nasa Coronado Preserved?

Fri Jun 13, 2003 3:48 am

Ghosts appear and fade away.....................
 
duke
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RE: Nasa Coronado Preserved?

Sat Jun 14, 2003 1:51 am

I believe the El Paso one is MSN 24, formerly with Denver
Ports of Call, which was supposed to be preserved in
flying condition by the Convair 990 Preservation society,
but they haven't updated their website in a VERY long
time. I don't think the project has gone very far.

Otherwise, these are the extant CV990 hulls remaining:

-msn 2 - on permanent display at Mojave, well-preserved
-msn 12A - the one in Switzerland, well-preserved
-msn 29 - the NASA one, gate guardian at Mojave
-one was a restaurant (I think in Colorado); if the fuselage
-one is owned by an air museum, but is derelict and in poor
condition at Palma de Malorca

I think that is it, apart from some extant front fuselages that
are trainers and a nose.
still exists, it's in bad condition
 
duke
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RE: Nasa Coronado Preserved?

Mon Jun 16, 2003 3:05 am

I e-mailed a guy at the Mojave airport. He was kind enough to
have a record check and it turns out that, like CV990 msn 2,
the aircraft IS owned by the airport - thus preserved for the
moment on guard duty. That would leave only one potentially
airworthy CV990 - #24 (which may be preserved as a flying
aircraft), though the 2 Mojave preserved aircraft and the one
in the Swiss transport museum could likely be made to fly
again.

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