Re: Convair 990 + misc.

From: (Mary Shafer)
Organization: NASA Dryden Flight Research Facility, Edwards CA
Date:         01 Apr 94 13:11:09 PST
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On 31 Mar 94 00:30:06 PST, Tobias Henry Lutterodt <luterodt@phoenix.Princeton.EDU> said:

>Are there any Convair 880 or 990s left, other than the 990 in
Tobias> Switzerland?  I've heard that the AJI ones at Mojave have been scrapped.<

Tobias> I was at Patuxent River NAS about five years ago and saw an
Tobias> ex-Navy testbed Convair (880 or 990, I'm not sure) sitting
Tobias> all-white in storage.  If it is still there, the best time to
Tobias> see it would be during the bi-annual air show the Navy puts on
Tobias> there.

I dunno about Pax, but we've got a 990 here at Dryden.  It's called
something like LSRA for Landing Systems Research Aircraft and has a
shuttle main trunnion mounted in the fuselage (although we all just
call it the 990).  They use it to examine the shuttle gear and brake

This 990 was originally a parts queen for the Ames-Moffett (now just
Ames) 990 that was an airborne observatory.  I've forgotten what
happened to that airplane; maybe it was the one that had a refused
takeoff at March AFB and threw chunks of hot tire rubber through the
wet wings and burned. Either that or they just retired it.
Mary Shafer                                                   DoD #362 KotFR   
SR-71 Chief Engineer         NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA                Of course I don't speak for NASA
 "A MiG at your six is better than no MiG at all."  Unknown US fighter pilot