TWA Convair 880 by Jon Proctor
TWA acquired the prototype Convair 880 in June 1964 to augment its jet fleet. Originally registered N801TW, it had been heavily modified by the manufacturer for use in the 880M certification program and flown only 750 hours in six years. TWA managers decided to convert the airplane back to basic standards for fleet commonality and saved a considerable amount of money by doing the work in-house, at the company's Kansas City maintenance base. Re-registered N871TW, it entered revenue service in May 1965. I took this picture at Tucson in 1969, soon after it had received a base overhaul and fresh paint job.
                                                                                                                                             -  Photo and caption by Jon Proctor
Tuscon, 1969