Re: Convair CV990 "Coronado"

Date:         22 Jul 99 23:30:13 
From: (Louis A. Ramsay)
Organization: Netcom
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In <airliners.1999.734@ohare.Chicago.COM> "Anthony Rassias" <> writes:
>Recently I read that, until the advent of the Concorde, the Convair CV990
>was the fastest civil aeroplane. I am now curious and looking for any
>information on the type - performance and specifications, production
>numbers, dates etc. Were the strange fairings on the upper surface of
>the wings used to break up shock waves created by flying at high
>subsonic speeds - or did they serve some other purpose?

Those fairings were appropriately called "shock bodies" and were
also used to house fuel tanks.