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Convair 880 & 990 by Jon Proctor

By Jon Proctor

The quickest, quietest, most magnificent jetliner trip in the entire world... This slogan defined the inherently stable taking a look and fast Convair 88 jet liner of the overdue Fifties. This quantity bargains a wealthof certain details at the underrated Convair 88 and the over-hyped ninety nine jet liners. Chapters contain: improvement preliminary Operators next Operators shipment Conversions Odyssey of N88CH Elvis Lisa Marie and extra.

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Jon Proctor Collection) 69 Lebanese International Airways MSN 31 OD-AEW, 10 OD-AEX • I Left: POC's 149-seat cabin interior featured colors popular in the mid-1970s. Above: One of the two forward lavatories was removed to accommodate an auxiliary galley, bar, and storage area. Visible cords are bar "cobra head" beverage dispensers. (both Michael Bolden collection) This new flexibility prompted the club to begin acquiring more equipment and Boeing 707s were chosen. S. federal noise regulations forced the Convairs into retirement.

Bay is general- Wearing an interim color scheme with original fuselage stripes and ly credited with first having called new tail markings and titles, EC-BQA is seen two months prior to (Terry Waddington) the 990 "the Maserati of the air," retirement. A. 75 74 Spantax EC-BZQ was the last operational Spantax 990, and sports the airline's final livery. (Phil Brooks Collection) installing the upholstery and seat hardware at its Palma maintenance base. 80 - in order to compensate for increased fuel prices.

Upon return, some of the ships were given registrations originally assigned to other 990s, causing confusion. For example, N5604 (msn 36) received N5612 upon its repossession from Internord, a number previously worn by msn 24. It appears that none of the returned airplanes were reactivated prior to resale, including msn 25, which came back from both Internord and MEA, claiming no less than three different tail numbers! The last example to depart for good was msn 25, delivered to Spantax on May 18, 1972.

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