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 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