The Convair 880 first flew in
January 1959 and was Convair's attempt to break into a narrow body jet
airliner market that was already well catered for by Boeing and
Douglas. Powered by four General Electric CJ-805-3 engines which were
the civilian version of the military J79 engine used by the US Air
Force's B-58 Hustler, made the Convair 880 a very fast airliner with
speeds of 600mph being recorded. Delta Airlines took delivery of the
first production aircraft in May 1960 and various airlines operated
the type until 1975 when the aircraft left commercial service with
only eleven major carriers using the type and thus being deemed a
failure by the airline industry with only 65 aircraft being built.
Inflight 200 have listened to the many requests and suggestions over the years from collectors and people associated with Convair to manufacture a good CV880 model which until now had been missing on the market. The first Convair 880 release is a truly stunning die cast metal model in 1/200 scale bearing the livery of TWA, and it comes with a highly polished finish on the wings, lower fuselage, engines, pylons and horizontal stabilizers. Great care has also been taken to relive the early jet era with a commemorative sleeve specially designed for the Convair 880 releases.
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