Convair 880
1959
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Convair 880

Announced in April 1956, the Convair 880 was produced as a medium-range jet transport. It was built in two versions: the 880 Model 22 basic model with 49.8kN General Electric CJ-805-3 turbojet engines, flown for the first time on 27 January 1959; and the 880 Model 22-M with 51.8kN CJ-805-3B turbojets, power-boosted rudder and four leading-edge slats. The first 880 Model 22-M flew on 3 October 1960. Most 880s had been withdrawn from service by their original operators by 1973.

Convair 880


Specification 
 CREW5
 PASSENGERS88-110
 ENGINE4 x GE CJ-805, 51.8kN
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight87540 kg192994 lb
    Empty weight42185 kg93002 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan36.6 m120 ft 1 in
    Length39.4 m129 ft 3 in
    Height11.0 m36 ft 1 in
    Wing area185.8 m21999.93 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Cruise speed990 km/h615 mph
    Range w/max.fuel7100 km4412 miles
    Range w/max.payload6400 km3977 miles

3-View 
Convair 880A three-view drawing (1346 x 678)

Convair 880

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Freedom Fighter, fabio=lavratti.com, 12.01.2011

Elvis' own pet bird. You can still find this beauty in Graceland.

richard f. green, rgreen=gulftel.com, 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, tuapi=bellsouth.net, 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, mfcanlas=netscape.net, 16.12.2010

Convair 880 Civil Air Transport , 1963 . The best aircaraft I ever flew in the Far East. Sleek and Fast.

Brian Rose, br-rose=sti.net, 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, jwalmsley5=gmail.com, 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, dynodaves=sbcglobal.net, 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, mmangan=optonline.net, 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, ebrent=charter.net, 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, edwoerle=aol.com, 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, skysmall=comcast.net, 10.08.2010

My father Jess Small was a career Delta Pilot and flew the
880.

christopher s. moran, mrccadillac=att.net, 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, egball=sbcglobal.net, 14.03.2010

Flew the 880 for Delta for 5 years. Fun to fly and my favorite airliner.

jetompkins, jetompkins3=yahoo.com, 05.03.2010

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.

Hank Longerman, twhank880=gmail.com, 31.01.2010

As you can see by my E-mail I am an 880 fan. I loved that airplane. Everytime TWA had an aircraft sub because the 707 from LAX was down the Convair arrived at least a half hour early. Banging on that door for the flt attendant to open it was like hitting solid steel. I had read that TW8815 was saved from the cutting torch in Victorville and was to be preserved then I never any more about it. I hope that some group did follow through.

Jim Dodds, repaircraftsvc=aol.com, 29.01.2010

The nices one flying was Civil Air Transport.(CAT)

Marcelo Adrián Alejandro, maa_alejandro=yahoo.com.ar, 20.02.2009

do yuo know if any conviar 880 or 990 are remain in comercial or anther services ?

Gerson Chavarria, pgcha2006=hotmail.com, 03.12.2008

Thanks for the 3 view draw.

L Taylor, dctwooze=optimum.net, 10.09.2008

Hi. I was wondering if you could direct me to a source where I can find a copy of a flight checklist for this aircraft. Thanks

IPLAYLOUD, IPLAYLOUD=Aol.Com, 22.06.2008

Growing up under the incoming path to JFK, you could always tell an 880/990 in the distance....the smoke trails from all 4 engines was a give-away.

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© The engines were a civilian version of the J79 as used in the F-104 Starfighter and F-4 Phantom.

© The seating arrangement of five seats per row gave more passenger comfort but reduced profitability compared to the Boeing 707 and the Douglas DC-8.

© The CV-990 had latge aerodynamic fairings, named 'Küchmann Carrots', on the trailing edges. These created the 'area rule' effect, allowing a higher Mach number, and the CV-990 was rhe fastest subsonic airliner ever.



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