Convair 880 Restoration
The Museum’s Convair 880 was built by Convair aircraft of San Diego, California and delivered to Northeast Airlines in November 1960. On August 29, 1963, the airplane was sold to TWA (Trans-World Airlines) who flew the airplane until the early 1970’s, when it was retired on June 1, 1974. On April 18, 1978, the airplane was purchased by American Jet Industries. In June of 1978, the airplane was ferried to Harlingen, Texas. After a hurricane threatened the airplane, the aircraft was moved to Mojave, California on September 9, 1980. In September 1990 Warner Brothers Pictures purchased the airplane and used it in their film, “The Rookie,” starring Clint Eastwood and Charlie Sheen. In 1998 Doug Scroggins of Scroggins Aviation, purchased the aircraft with the intent of a full restoration. Because of the costs involved and a lack of interest, Doug Scroggins was forced to dismantle the aircraft, keeping a 43’ section of the forward fuselage for use in a Museum. After some negotiations, the fuselage piece was graciously loaned to the Tillamook Air Museum by Doug Scroggins of Scroggins Aviation and arrived at the Museum on August 31, 2018, where it is currently undergoing restoration. On Loan from Doug Scroggins/Scroggins Aviation.
Fuselage Stairs Progress
Rear Forward Buffet Progress
Passenger Cabin Progress (Looking Rear)
To donate to the Convair 880 project, please contact us at the Museum at 503-842-1130 or Info@Tillamookair.com. For specifics on the restoration process itself, please contact Museum Curator Christian Gurling at CGurling@Tillamookair.com