Eight years ago, the Convair 880


Almsot eight years ago, I wrote a post about the Convair 880, one of the earliest commercial jets.

Unfortunately the niche market for the type was much smaller than Convair anticipated and was largely viewed as a commercial failure. This despite Convair’s later build option for extra revenue generating seating in the form of bolted on deck chairs on the wings which were later deemed a safety hazard. Seems snorkels don’t really deliver as much oxygen at several thousand metres above sea level as they do in a pool.

It was written at the Boatdeck Cafe in Mawson Lakes, Adelaide. Either the power was out when I wrote that, or they swapped my coffee for something else.

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