Re: Last Convair 990 Flight?

Date:         05 Nov 99 00:04:07 
From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
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>Plus, I thought the NASA one crashed years ago and was never replaced.

NASA actually owned three 990s over the years, and a fourth is related
to NASA's 990 fleet.  Here they are by MSN and registration:

msn 01 (N711NA)
   Named Galileo, this aircraft was leased from Convair then purchased
   for $2.5 million.  It was equipped with 13 optical-glass viewing
   ports along the upper fuselage and was used on various scientific
   missions including eclipse observation flights.  It was based at the
   Ames Research Center at Moffet Field, California until lost in a mid-
   air collision on 12 April 1973.

msn 37 (N712NA)
   Named Galileo II, this and another ex-Garuda 990 (see next entry)
   were acquired by California Airmotive in June 1973 for NASA.  It was
   equipped in similar manner to NASA's first 990.  It was lost after an
   aborted takeoff at March AFB, California on 17 July 1985.

msn 04
   California Airmotive acquired two ex-Garuda 990s, with one presumably
   intended as parts.  While being ferried to the US, this one suffered
   major damange during a landing accident at Guam, where it ended up
   being salvaged for parts.

msn 29 (N713NA,N710NA,N810NA)
   NASA bought this 990 in 1975 for a mere $250k, including a spare
   engine.  It served various roles between stints in storage before
   being equipped, in 1991, with a space shuttle main landing gear for
   test purposes.  In 1995, after the tests were completed, it was
   parked at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Facility at Edwards AFB,
   where it remains.

(This info is primarily from Jon Proctor's "Convair 880 & 990" book,
volume one of the excellent Great Airlines series.)

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