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 Most 880s had been withdrawn from service by their original operators by 1973.
| ENGINE||4 x GE CJ-805, 51.8kN|
| Take-off weight||87540 kg||192994 lb|
| Empty weight||42185 kg||93002 lb|
| Wingspan||36.6 m||120 ft 1 in|
| Length||39.4 m||129 ft 3 in|
| Height||11.0 m||36 ft 1 in|
| Wing area||185.8 m2||1999.93 sq ft|
| Cruise speed||990 km/h||615 mph|
| Range w/max.fuel||7100 km||4412 miles|
| Range w/max.payload||6400 km||3977 miles|
|A three-view drawing (1346 x 678)|
|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
|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.
|CW Mitchell, cwmitchell=sbamug.com, 27.05.2008|
It was a very fun aircraft to fly on. TWA had some and I enjoyed the ride as they would take off steep and fast. I was in KC when we lost one in the corn field during a transition flight.
|Ed Moore, captaincrazy_98=yahoo.com, 10.03.2008|
My grandfather, Edward L. Moore, is supposed to have been on the design team at Convair for this aircraft. Seeking to find documentation of that or suggestions to find? Have been to the San Diego Aerospace museum but didn't have enough time to do indepth search.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?
FACTS AND FIGURES
© The engines were a civilian
version of the J79 as used in
the F-104 Starfighter and
© 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.