Flying CV-990s

Date:         09 Mar 97 22:55:38 
From:         "J. Heilig" <>
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The only Convair 880/990 series still flying that I'm aware of is the
NASA 990 which is used as a landing gear testbed.  The keel of the
airplane has been cut so that a center (test) landing gear could be
installed.  They've been using it to simulate hard landings on the
Shuttle.  The aircraft's landing gear is fixed down, so it won't be
breaking any speed records any time soon.  According to the person I
spoke with at Dryden, they hoped to use it until the thing broke its
back at some point.

Jennings Heilig