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      Post #52217, posted on 03-06-2014 GMT-5 hours    
      I just heard from a friend that a CV-990 at Mojave had been recently scrapped. There's the NASA gate guard (Ship 29) and the former APSA (Ship 2 in full pax configuration) that was reportedly owned by Doug Scroggins Aviation. Any info?

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      Post #52245, posted on 03-08-2014 GMT-5 hours    
      No, I just talked to Doug the other day. He has NO PLANS ON SCRAPPING this airplane, as well as the one and a half 880's he also owns. (ship #23 and ship #35). I have talked to him many times and he has expressed interest in putting power on the ASPA jet. Back in 1999 Mike Potter had the engines running on this airplane, when FOX TV wanted to use it for a TV show to crash it, Something like the 727 they crashed in Mexico. Thank god they didn't crash it. As for the NASA gate guard. Mojave Airport staff is trying to keep that airplane together, but are losing the battle. The LH aileron is gone now because of the wing and all the elevators and horz. stab. have lost there tips because of the locks they used to fair the flight controls, and then of course all the idiots trying to get into the airplane.

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      Post #52250, posted on 03-08-2014 GMT-5 hours    
      Hello Dave (boeing767mech). A BIG Thank You for setting the record straight, and for posting the terrific photos! I was very lucky to get a walk-through of Ship 2 back in the 90's and was amazed at its condition. I remember the FOX TV plan to crash the 990 and I saved a few articles about it. I'm not quite sure what "putting power" means exactly; my incorrectly-informed friend has also mentioned an "Adopt-A-990" plan that didn't pan out(?). If such a plan existed, was it something Doug was connected to? Although the NASA gate guard is owned by MJV, I wonder how it would rate as a parts/spares source for the APSA bird. Thanks again.

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      Post #52251, posted on 03-08-2014 GMT-5 hours    
      Putting Power is plugging the airplane into a power cart and turning power on. It has been 14 years since that airplane has had pwoer applied, The people that last worked on that airplane left the cockpit windows and overwing hatchs open. So I would be a little cautious about pluging in power to the airplane. The NASA jet have already been giving parts to the ASPA jet for the FOX show. Now they just need to put all the panels back on the ASPA jet. The bad thing is the MLG doors where taken off and lost for the ASPA jet, and the NASA airplane doesn't have MLG doors since the Shuttle Landing Gear Mod. The Adopt-A-990 guys wanted ship 24 in El Paso, we all know how that panned out. I have heard this is the same guy that had Adopt-A-727. which was another dream that didn't work out. Even if everyone won the lottery and donated it to a Adopt-a-airplane they still would't have enoughh money to fill that hole in the sky. We all can wish to see a 880 or a 990 flying but it is safe to say the closest we will come to seeing one fly is on a flight simulator, a movie/ tv show, or throwing our models and or kits across the room.

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      Post #52252, posted on 03-08-2014 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks for the clarification, Dave. These Convairs won't fly again but at least they're being watched over. I'm still angry about Ship 24, but that's water under the bridge. And unfortunately, according to AI LAX 2014 coordinators, MJV is forbidding any tours there due to 'security issues' associated with the Virgin Galactica project. So getting a gander at Ship 2 is a no-go. The gate guard will have to suffice.

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