Re: Anodized planes ?

Date:         27 Aug 99 03:08:15 
From:         cas42879@aol.com (Cas42879)
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I think back when Convair was first building the 880 (or maybe the 990)
they were planning on marketing it as something called the "Golden
Arrow" .  I believe that they were planning on having it anodized a gold
color - but decided not to go ahead with plans due to difficulty in
controling color matches between different batches of aluminium.  I
think some of the first ones sold (or maybe a demonstrator) carried on
the "gold" theme with some of the interior fittings.  There is a book
out on the 880 and 990 (not sure of the publisher) that goes into some
detail.  Memory fails.