Convair 880 & 990 by Jon Proctor

By Jon Proctor

The quickest, quietest, most magnificent jetliner commute in all of the world... This slogan defined the inherently reliable taking a look and quick Convair 88 jet liner of the overdue Fifties. This quantity deals a wealthof distinctive details at the underrated Convair 88 and the over-hyped ninety nine jet liners. Chapters comprise: improvement preliminary Operators next Operators shipment Conversions Odyssey of N88CH Elvis Lisa Marie and extra.

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Swissair) Gradually replaced on intercontinental routes by DC-8 and DC-10 equipment, the Swissair Coronado fleet was relegated to short-haul work. With new McDonnell Douglas DC-9-51 twin-jets scheduled to arrive in the following spring, a gradual phase-out of the Coronado fleet commenced in late 1974, and all seven examples were withdrawn by mid-January 1975 after 13 years of service. The final scheduled pattern was a round-trip between Zurich and Nice on January 7, although records indicate the last actual flight occurred on January 16, probably on an equipment substitution or extra section basis.

The six-abreast arrangement that jinxed Convair's jets from early on nearly came to fruition. The DC-10 program was succeeded by that of the MD-ll, launched in the mid-1980s, but orders were not sufficient to operate the huge San Diego facility on a profitable basis. In 1994 Convair announced it would terminate the contract with McDonnell Douglas by the end of 1995. As the last fuselage barrel moved down the assembly line, idled stations behind it were dismantled and employees laid off. In November, an auctioneer was brought in to sell off equipment to the highest bidders.

S. flag carrier. Unable to secure necessary Headed for Ciskei with new titles, Five-Seven-Charlie begins its operating permits, the airline flew takeoff roll at Marana. (Bob Shane) a single "pre-inaugural" flight to Johannesburg but never began regular service. After being parked at Ostend, Belgium, the airplane was purchased by Greco Air in 1991 and ferried to El Paso, Texas where it remains in storage. 70 71 Middle East Airlines AirLiban SAL (MEA) Having utilized a variety of jetliner equipment in the early and mid1960s, Middle East Airlines (MEA) took advantage of early deliveries by Middle East Airlines Registration acquiring on a lease-purchase arrangement, a fleet of six 990s from MSN 18 OD-AFF AmericanAirlines in 1969 for medium- and long-haul operations.

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