shows that a total of 20 Convair 880s were stored at the
. Of those, 15 were scrapped. Serial number 23 (Ship 23) was one
of the few survivors that carries a bit of history. Originally,
Toolco, a Howard Hughes company, placed an order for 30 880s from
Convair with the intention of leasing them to TWA (Trans World
Airlines). However, six of the planes were instead leased to
Northeast Airlines headquartered in
. Northeast took delivery of Ship 23 in November 1960. It was
registered as N8483H the first jet aircraft for the airline.
During that same week, just four days after its maiden flight, it
set a speed record of 4 hours and 17 minutes from
. Then again, in 1962 it set another record, which it still holds
New York City
in 1 hour and 43 minutes gate-to-gate.
August 29, 1963 Ship 23 was sold to TWA, where it was registered
as N817TW. The plane continued to fly for TWA until June 1, 1974
at which time the aircraft was retired along with all the 880s in
TWA's fleet. The airplanes were put in storage in
, their logos were blacked out, and Ship 23 awaited its next
years passed and American Jet Industries purchased Ship 23 on
April 18, 1978. Once again it was re-registered as N812AJ.
American Jet Industries ferried it to
on June 25, 1978. During its stay there, hurricane winds moved the
airplane. This led to the decision to move the 880s to a safer
was chosen as the place and the ferry flight occurred on September
Ship 23, under the
Northeast Airlines Livery
Trans World Airlines
Ship 23, wearing
the TWA livery.