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Fri Mar 17, 2000 11:41 pm

Why is there a huge fleet (around a dozen) of ex-TWA CV880s in the Mojave
desert, owned by Torco Oil and Gulfstream? If they can't use them for spares,
or for a flight, why have they kept them there since like the 70s instead of selling
or scrapping them?
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RE: CV880

Fri Mar 17, 2000 11:45 pm

Latest word says they are being scrapped.
This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.

DL_mech Is Correct

Sat Mar 18, 2000 1:37 am

Unfortunately, from a nostalgia point of view, they apparently are being scrapped now.
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RE: CV880

Sat Mar 18, 2000 3:14 am

From what I've heard, they are gradually being put to the cutter's torch; however, some interest has been shown recently by a few organisations in purchasing and restoring a CV880 and CV990. The aircraft are somewhat dilapidated, but are mostly intact.

Part of the reason they have been sitting there for so long is that at various times, they have been considered as potential freighters. Some conversions have been made, but nothing really ever came to fruition in this venture. Now, the aircraft are no longer allowed to fly because of their high pollution and noise.

The only concrete example of one of these types in flying condition is in El Paso; it is a CV990 which is run up and taxied frequently, and is being sought after for ownership by an aviation enthusiast's club. Hopefully, the same will come to pass for a CV880 before it's too late.

RE: CV880

Sat Mar 18, 2000 7:08 am

Interesting really - when nearly all of cv990's have been
tragically scrapped


Sat Mar 18, 2000 7:22 am

I have just downloaded some very sad pics of ex Spantax CV990A's - I remember very well these FASTplanes from Birmingham England to Palma,gorgeous
at the time the fastest 4 engine jets.