|Richard Hinkley, 22.02.2011|
I flew engineer and copilot for 3 0r 4 years on the 880 for Delta. You could tell it was around by the black exhaust smoke on takeoff. Only bad flying characteristic was Dutch roll. After a while it never happened to you. A little cross control eliminated it. Or you could turn on the yaw damper after takeoff, but not during. You could drop it out of the sky with main landing gear speedbrake and spoilers but it was easy to catch the cabin and have to slow the descent rate. Some controllers didn't realize you were going to be doing about 160 knots on approach and would get you to close to the guy ahead of you. No slats. Had instant power with single spool engines.
|Gary Walter, 14.02.2011|
Elvis Presley's CV-880 was ship 804 which was purchased from Delta Airlines... It presently sits across the street from Graceland in Memphis Tn. at the E.P. museum. I was with Delta from 1962-1995 and flew on this plane out of ORD and also out of DTW between 1962-and 1968.
Worked operations for DL 1969-2001. If you could put it in the cargo bins, this acft would get it off the ground. Best airliner I ever flew in. Thanks for the memories
|John zeigler, 11.02.2011|
Worked for DL 1963-2001. Great plane agree with what you all said above .
I was even hijacked when traveling as a non rev
|Jim Davenport, 05.02.2011|
I flew the 22M model...had been a testbed for FAA until they gave it to the navy. It was converted into a tanker for the F-18 test and development program and later used for other tests out of Patuxent NAS, MD. I was a contract pilot for Flight Systems, Inc. at the time. Enjoyed the airplane.
Does ELVIS have thee last remaning non derelict cv880 on earth? thank you EPE for keeping up a legend two to be exact!
|Freedom Fighter, 12.01.2011|
Elvis' own pet bird. You can still find this beauty in Graceland.
|richard f. green, 11.01.2011|
I flew the CV-880 with T.W.A. during my 33 year career; best handling of the eleven types I experienced; very sensitive and was a dream to fly; no leading-edge devices resulted in very high approach speeds but marvelous landings; best commercial aircraft in my estimation.
|Anton Castrillo, 26.12.2010|
I flew the CV-880-22 as Captain with LANICA (Nicaraguan ailines) from July 1971 to to the end of 1977. I logged 4800 hours. Simple put: the best jet I have ever flown. I was trained by TWA in Kansas City, MO. It felt like a fighter plane. Good memories!
|TOBY CANLAS, 16.12.2010|
Convair 880 Civil Air Transport , 1963 . The best aircaraft I ever flew in the Far East. Sleek and Fast.
|Brian Rose, 12.12.2010|
I was an air traffic controller at LAX 1971-1973. TWA flew some CV880's. To the controllers they were called "water wagons" due to the water injection used on takeoff, thus creating a teriffic smoke trail from each engine.
|Janet Walmsley, 15.11.2010|
ah, the convair 880.....as a reserve f/a out of ny, i was assigned to cover a flight out of ord and lucky enough to fly this beauty.....what a great aircraft......"thanks for the memories"
|David Oakes, 08.10.2010|
Fine Aircraft. Had the pleasure to work on the assembly line in San Diego. My job was to crawl up inside the wing section and tack rag the whole inside which was used as the fuel cell. Interesting design
|M. Mangan, 29.09.2010|
I flew the CV-880 back in 1959 for Northeast Airlines. I was on it for two years as a cleck airman and line pilot. We introduced Jet travel to the East Coast-Florida market.M.
|Ed Brent, 08.09.2010|
My father flew the Convair 880 in the mid 1960's. He loved it in every way. He said on a go around with the wheels up when you added full power the jet would throw
the crew back in their seats like a fighter jet. The aircraft responded to the slightest touch much like a sports car would. Glad to see this site promoting the Convair 880. Remember Elvis had one also.
|Ed Woerle, 11.08.2010|
Anyone touring Graceland in Memphis can see/tour Elvis' 880, N880EP "Lisa Marie". It is said that this is the only aircraft The King felt safe in. Notice that the paint scheme is basically the original Delta fuselage stripe with the "TCB" emblem on the tail.
|Mickey Small, 10.08.2010|
My father Jess Small was a career Delta Pilot and flew the
|christopher s. moran, 22.03.2010|
I FIRST FLEW ON A CONVAIR 880 IN 1962 FROM JFK(IDLEWILD) TO NEW ORLEANS. I WOULD LOVE TO GET MY HANDS ON ANY MEMROBILIA(I HOPE I SPELLED IT RIGHT), THAT MIGHT BE AVAILABLE.
|Earl Ballard, 14.03.2010|
Flew the 880 for Delta for 5 years. Fun to fly and my favorite airliner.
I flew a cv880m in corporate configuration for General Dynamics in Fort Worth, Texas, from 1978 to 1982 out of Carswell AFB, Texas. We flew back and forth to Brussels Belgium every weekend for 4 years in support of the NATO F16 program. Great airplane. We cruised at .78M and could get 8 hours out of the airplane. Stopped at Gander eastbound and Bangor westbound. Last trip was in l982.