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Today in Aviation: First Flight of the Convair 880

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the first example of the Model 22 initial production version of the Convair 880 made its maiden flight in 1959.

The Convair 880 was an American narrow-body jet airliner manufactured by General Dynamics’ Convair division. By being smaller but quicker, a niche that failed to generate demand, it was intended to compete with the Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8.

When it was first launched, some aviation circles reported that it was the world’s fastest jet transport at 615 mph (990 km/h). Only 65 Convair 880s were produced over the lifetime of the production run from 1959 to read more ⇒

Source:: “Airways Magazine”

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