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Northwest Convair 580's

Thu Jan 14, 1999 9:31 am

It amazes me this airline flew Republic's Convair 580's until the late 1980's. Does anyone know if they ever flew them in their own colors. All the examples i have ever seen still loooked like Republic with Northwest titles.
 
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RE: Northwest Convair 580's

Thu Jan 14, 1999 12:57 pm

Yes they did fly them in their own colors, Northwest Airlink colors to be exact. They used to fly them into CAK (Akron-Canton) from Detroit when I was younger. They replaced them with F-27's by 1990-1991. Sure were beautiful planes...I saw an ERA Aviation CVR-580 while waiting for my flight to leave in Cleveland after the 'big storm' (took me 15 hrs to finally get to SC). I have no idea why it was there but it sure was nice to see it take off. I hadn't seen one fly in yrs. It departed 23R and turned to the NW probably going to Alaska.

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RE: ERA 580's

Thu Jan 14, 1999 1:25 pm

Boy that is a weird place to see one of ERA's birds. they are pretty airplanes but a pain to load. I don't know whose bright idea it was to make the belly only a foot and a half tall and to put to door on it behind the right hand prop where you can't get at it with a beltloader. Also one of the most hazardous things I have seen was trying to fuel one of those things when it came it for a tech stop. There was an inch of glare ice on the ramp, You need a 14 foot stepladder to reach the overwing fuel ports (ERA gravity feeds. not single point) and because we used hydrant trucks not tankers we had to rig an extention to the hose on the truck to reach the tanks. It wasn't fun.

I remember they got a contract to do a crew change for a fishing boat once. We had the ground service contract. The plane landed and did something because they shorted out the electrical system. They wheren't able to bring in a replacement until 11 PM that night. It also had the mechanics for the other airplane on board. They left them there, I guess that was motivation to fix the airplane.....getting home. They had to bridge all of the batteries in the airplane to ferry it home. It was funny watching these guys wandering around the edge of the ramp looking for a piece of wire left from the war to do the job with. They did get it in ferriable condition at about six the next morning.
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RE: ERA 580's

Thu Jan 14, 1999 1:39 pm

Doesn't the Convair 580 have the same Allison engines as the Electra? If so, do they also have trouble finding replacement prop blades? I have heard this is one reason Reeve may be phasing out their Electras.

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RE: ERA 580's

Fri Jan 15, 1999 8:12 am

Yup. Those blades run about 50 grand each. ERA is looking at replacing the 580's too. Supposidy it costs about half to fly a Dash-8 to a destination.

Note: Kelwona??? Flightcraft makes a streched Convair and they are equipted witht the Hamiton standard round tip props that the P-3 Orion uses instead of the Square tipped Aeroproducts Blades
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