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Old 09-19-2020, 12:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This was a late arrival Thursday at the gate in Virginia! Nice to have it to go along with my IF200 American 990 Lightning Bolt!

Another second hand cheapy!

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Old 09-19-2020, 01:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Great catch ...
The Convair 880 and 990 were excellent models.

The aircraft were not successful, could not compete with the DC 8s and B 707s but they are part of history and these models are must have.

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Old 09-19-2020, 01:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Definitely! Love the look and they were fuel hogs! There was a DA.C member years back that posted a video of a group firing up an old TWA 880 at the boneyard in Mojave. Used to work with a guy who trained to be a TWA 880 Captain.

Unfortunately I missed out on the JAL & CAT 880's in 1:200 scale when they came out years back. Those 2 were not widely known releases...sort of those sneaky don't blink or you'll miss out roll outs that happen from time to time. They'll show up like all eventually do at some point once a collector has enjoyed them and are done with them!

I did pick up both TWA's 880's from IF200.

If anyone has the JAL and CAT 880's in 1:200 and wants to part with them please send me a PM!
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You can never go wrong with a model of a plane designed to travel at 990 feet per second, or 880 feet per second..Great choice!

Gotta love the anti shockwave pods above the wings too!
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Old 09-19-2020, 07:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks Russ! Definitely both classic must haves! Love the pods of the 990!
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Oh yeah—that's coool! The livery really fits that design and times, alright!
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Old 09-20-2020, 12:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks! Gotta love those polished classics from the Golden Age!
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Old 09-21-2020, 12:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Beautiful livery on this one. I have the Air France CV-990 and these birds look gorgeous in all chrome. Those are some interesting points about the CV that I didn't know...thanks for that info Crownvic!
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You can never go wrong with a model of a plane designed to travel at 990 feet per second, or 880 feet per second..Great choice!

Gotta love the anti shockwave pods above the wings too!
Actually the 990 got it's name because American didn't like it being called Convair 600, which was also going to be the name of the 880. Same kind of deal where NWA got Douglas to rename the DC-10-20 to the -40.

It didn't fly at 990 FPS.
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Actually the 990 got it's name because American didn't like it being called Convair 600.
It was happened during the first production. Note the display board at the center of the pictures.
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Where’d you find that? Very cool esoterica.
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Where’d you find that? Very cool esoterica.
I don't remember well... Here're several pictures of the others that I have regarding the first production. Hope you like them.
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Continued from the post #12.
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Actually the 990 got it's name because American didn't like it being called Convair 600, which was also going to be the name of the 880. Same kind of deal where NWA got Douglas to rename the DC-10-20 to the -40.

It didn't fly at 990 FPS.
in speaking to an employee at Mojave last spring I was driven on the ramp right up to the only one in storage and he provided that information.

880 fps=600 mph
990 fps= 675 mph

The Convair 990A is still the fastest non-supersonic commercial transport to have ever been produced. During May 1961, one of the pre-production 990 prototype aircraft set a record of .97 Mach in level flight at an altitude of 22,500 feet (6.9 km), equivalent to a true airspeed of 675 miles per hour...
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A very nice model. The 990 was an amazing aircraft for sure. Back in 1983 I was fortunate enough to fly on a Spantax one. I seem to remember that it was a little noisier in the cabin than a 707. But I’ll always remember that ‘pinned to the seat back moment’ at the start of the take off run. Sadly they don’t make ‘em like that any more.

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Very nice pics of model and the real thing. Must have been quite a sight to see those oil smokers blast off
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Snowghost, I managed to get the model from a collector (non DA.C member) doing a partial sell off of their collection.

Aki and Crownvic, thanks for posting the pics/info.

MSR777, that must have been something to experience. One plane along with the Concorde I wish I would have been able to take flights on!

Billville, Thanks. Post some pics of that shinny Air France Beauty if/when you have time!

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I am afraid that Billville is a bit busy.

Here are some pictures of the AF Coronado.
If my memory serves me well this aircraft was exclusively used on the CDG / LHR / CDG sector.

This aircraft was leased from Modern Air, Berlin, and was the fastest aircraft ever flown between Paris and London.

Without speed or radar restriction the flight time between take off and landing was certainly very interesting.

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I don't have my production list handy, but if memory serves it was an ex American Airlines. Hence the all metal.
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I don't have my production list handy, but if memory serves it was an ex American Airlines. Hence the all metal.
I think we are both right.

This aircraft msn 30-10-9 was delivered to American Airlines in January 1962.
It was later bought by Modern Air in March 1967 and almost immediately leased to AF, this could explain the fact that the aircraft was bare aluminium.
The aircraft returned to Modern Air in December 1967.

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Here are some pictures of the AF Coronado.
If my memory serves me well this aircraft was exclusively used on the CDG / LHR / CDG sector.

This aircraft was leased from Modern Air, Berlin, and was the fastest aircraft ever flown between Paris and London.

Without speed or radar restriction the flight time between take off and landing was certainly very interesting.

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JP - thanks for posting those! I totally meant to go grab it for a little photo shoot, but this model is currently stored away, as we're in the process of selling our home right now. Those are some interesting facts about this beauty. I LOVE learning new things about the models I own
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Great looking models Jcahea en JP. Super looking classics!
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I admire those Convairs; for models I have AA 990, TW 880 and DL 880. These were all aircraft I had seen at various North American airports.



In the mid-70's I flew DEN (then Stapleton) to ORD on a TW 880 - my one and only flight on one of these.



Prior to that a Delta 880 collided with a North Central DC-9 at ORD. The parents of a guy I knew in the Chicago area were passengers on the 880 (and were uninjured).
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Thanks aki for publishing all these pictures.

We appreciate.

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Thanks all of you that added pics and info to this thread! It is nice to learn about different air frames, particular serial numbers, and airlines owning these!

I too have the IF200 TWA's, and G200 Delta's. That Air France is Nice and Shinny!
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I am fortunate to have the first Inflight America CV-990 Lightning Bolt. It truly is a beauty. I also have an 880 in 1:400 (Delta) and a 990 in 1:400 (Denver Ports of Call) by Aeroclassics. That is on my list of "I will never sell this one." If Inflight were to do a 1:200 of the Denver Port of Call I would be forced to by that. Denver connected airliners are a first priority for me since I live here.
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