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Frontier Convair 580 Belly Landing In Denver

Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:43 pm

Hi all,

I wanted to know if anyone remembers a belly landing by a Frontier Convair 580 at Denver's Stapleton Airport sometime in the 1960s. I was a kid then, and I remember the local news covered the story (the cameraman caught the event live). Nobody was injured, the DFD foamed the runway. However, I can't find any confirmation of this. Was I dreaming? Does anybody out there remember when it happened? The N-number would help me out too.
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RE: Frontier Convair 580 Belly Landing In Denver

Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:14 pm

Quoting goDIA (Thread starter):
Does anybody out there remember when it happened? The N-number would help me out too.

Found the NTSB summary. It was September 8, 1967. Registration N73145.
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=17015&key=0
 
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RE: Frontier Convair 580 Belly Landing In Denver

Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:27 pm

Wow, it must not have been too damaged. I flew N73145 on May 15, 1974 from FSM to DFW.
 
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RE: Frontier Convair 580 Belly Landing In Denver

Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:44 pm

I remember seeing the video of this landing. Maybe it is archived somewhere. I do remember it was a picture perfect belly landing. Convair 580s were an awesome airplane.
 
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RE: Frontier Convair 580 Belly Landing In Denver

Sat Dec 10, 2011 1:53 am

Quoting Stapleton (Reply 3):
I remember seeing the video of this landing. Maybe it is archived somewhere. I do remember it was a picture perfect belly landing. Convair 580s were an awesome airplane.

I would bet it was film (as opposed to video), remember it was 1967.   
 
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RE: Frontier Convair 580 Belly Landing In Denver

Sat Dec 10, 2011 3:23 am

Those CV-580's were built like tanks. One of the sturdiest aircraft I have ever known.
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RE: Frontier Convair 580 Belly Landing In Denver

Sat Dec 10, 2011 2:56 pm

Quoting swabrian (Reply 2):
Wow, it must not have been too damaged. I flew N73145 on May 15, 1974 from FSM to DFW.

I remember reading your account of this trip, and other trips you took on local service props, in one of the early issues of Airliners - it was one of the best articles to ever appear in that magazine!
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RE: Frontier Convair 580 Belly Landing In Denver

Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:15 pm

Quoting type-rated (Reply 5):
Those CV-580's were built like tanks. One of the sturdiest aircraft I have ever known.

Indeed, still a common cargo aircraft here in Canada with numerous in the air each day.
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RE: Frontier Convair 580 Belly Landing In Denver

Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:34 pm

I lived in Cheyenne back in the 70's and used to fly the 580's to Stapleton. Always liked the Convairs.
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RE: Frontier Convair 580 Belly Landing In Denver

Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:35 pm

Thanks folks....all the comments about the 580 were great. I saw one up close at Kearney, NE back in 1970, when you could fly from DEN to OMA via McCook, Kearney, Grand Island and Lincoln. One of my favorite flights was DEN to Durango in 1988 on an Aspen 580.

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RE: Frontier Convair 580 Belly Landing In Denver

Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:35 am

Quoting WA707atMSP (Reply 6):
I remember reading your account of this trip, and other trips you took on local service props, in one of the early issues of Airliners - it was one of the best articles to ever appear in that magazine!


SWABrian, did you write the (L)onliest Convair story about the wet leased FL CV-580 from SFO to SLC via RNO-ELY-EKO? I still have those Airliners magazines packed away.
 
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RE: Frontier Convair 580 Belly Landing In Denver

Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:21 pm

Convair 580 remains my favorite plane to fly. Roomy, comfortable, smooth with a touch of the old days I unashamedly miss. I guess I've flown on my last one, though.

[Edited 2011-12-12 12:22:10]
 
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RE: Frontier Convair 580 Belly Landing In Denver

Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:28 pm

I'm surprised nobody mentioned LOT's 767 by now  
 
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RE: Frontier Convair 580 Belly Landing In Denver

Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:42 pm

Quoting type-rated (Reply 5):
Those CV-580's were built like tanks. One of the sturdiest aircraft I have ever known

Talk about sturdy:

http://www.airdisaster.com/reports/ntsb/AAR69-04.pdf
 
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RE: Frontier Convair 580 Belly Landing In Denver

Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:45 pm

Quoting milesrich (Reply 10):
SWABrian, did you write the (L)onliest Convair story about the wet leased FL CV-580 from SFO to SLC via RNO-ELY-EKO? I still have those Airliners magazines packed away.

Wow, I remember that story. I still have my old Airliners International magazines from the 1970s. I think there were four, before they stopped.
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RE: Frontier Convair 580 Belly Landing In Denver

Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:51 pm

Quoting WA707atMSP (Reply 6):
I remember reading your account of this trip, and other trips you took on local service props, in one of the early issues of Airliners - it was one of the best articles to ever appear in that magazine!
Quoting milesrich (Reply 10):
SWABrian, did you write the (L)onliest Convair story about the wet leased FL CV-580 from SFO to SLC via RNO-ELY-EKO? I still have those Airliners magazines packed away.
Quoting Longhauler (Reply 14):
Wow, I remember that story. I still have my old Airliners International magazines from the 1970s. I think there were four, before they stopped.

WA707at MSP, thanks for the great compliment--I was lucky to be able to fly on some of those aircraft. milesrich and Longhauler, I didn't write that article, I think the author was Ed Wojitas. The Lonliest Convair story appeared in the short-lived Airliners International edited by noted Trains editor, David P. Morgan. My article appeared in an early issue of Airliners magazine which was originally edited by Jon Wegg, who now does Airways magazine.
 
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RE: Frontier Convair 580 Belly Landing In Denver

Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:56 pm

Quoting swabrian (Reply 15):
My article appeared in an early issue of Airliners magazine which was originally edited by Jon Wegg, who now does Airways magazine.

Hey ... me too!  

I have several pieces in both Airliners II, and Airways. Mostly about historical Canadian airlines and airliners.
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RE: Frontier Convair 580 Belly Landing In Denver

Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:09 pm

Airliners International was a Kalmbach publication and I remember when they discontinued it, they sent me Model Railroader or Trains as a substitute rather than refunding the subscription money.