UPDATE September 21, 2007:

Big news everyone Ship 3 has a new home with the Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum located at the Teterboro, New Jersey Airport.  Doug Scroggins, President of Scroggins Aviation signed a 10 year loan with the museum to display the rare nose section. A museum spokesmen said the cockpit should be ready to the public spring of 2008.  For more information on the restoration contact Shea Oakley, Executive Director with the museum at +1-201-288-6344 or send an email to

Ship 3 shown in these two photos arriving at the Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum.  Photos by Matt Verzi

Special Thanks to

ConvairJet.com and Scroggins Aviation would like to say thank you to those involved in helping us in the saving Ship 3:  New Jersey Airport Authority; FAA Technical Center; GSA; Airways Magazine; Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum; Chuck Maire; David Wirth; Matt Verzi; Shea Oakley; Nicholas A. Veronico; John Wegg and any of those we may have forgotten.



Ship 3 is the last of the original flight test aircraft serving in the certification program. Ship 3 first flew on March 31, 1959, wearing the Company colors of Convair/ General Dynamics.  After serving for Convair as a test aircraft, the plane was purchased by Toolco, a Howard Hughes company and then was leased to TWA as N803TW.

The aircraft saw service from Oct. 20, 1961 to Jan. 1, 1974.  After being with TWA, the aircraft where placed into storage for a few years. On April 18, 1978 American Jet Industries purchased several 880s including Ship 3. In June of 1985 Charlotte Aerospace purchased all 880s. On Sep. 9, 1991 the FAA purchased Ship 3 and had the plane ferried to Atlantic City , NJ . for fire testing. In March 2006 Scroggins Aviation purchased Ship 3, N801AJ from a private party that purchased the aircraft from the FAA/GSA for scrap.


The Scrapping of Ship 3 started on March 21, 2006 and only took 3 days to scrap out the aircraft. Doug Scroggins, President of Scroggins Aviation saved the cockpit section with the intent an aviation museum would displaying the rare nose section. 

The aft fuselage section resting on her tail after the nose section was cut off.

Photos of the scrapping by Doug Scroggins


Cockpit section set aside while the remaining section of the aircraft is being scrapped.  The cockpit of Ship 3 is 99.8% complete. This will make a very nice museum piece.
In this photo only the center fuselage section and wings remains. It's final stages of scrapping Ship 3.


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