• Last Convair 580 phased out and to a museum

    From Aviation HQ@2:292/854 to All on Sun Apr 28 11:55:31 2019
    Technology supplier Honeywell Aerospace has said goodbye to its Convair 580 test aircraft. The aircraft was built in 1952 and has been with the company since 2000 for the development of GWPS and TCAS systems.

    The Convair, with registration N580HW, flew for United Airlines between 1952 and 1966, after which it transferred to Frontier Airlines, Gem State Airlines, Aspen Airways, Renown Aviation, Allied Signal and Honeywell.

    During her time at Honeywell, the Convair conducted countless risky test flights, such as straight to mountains to test the Ground Proximity Warning System (GWPS), and across thunderstorms to try out a 3D weather radar.

    The aircraft gets a worthy end of life through a Canadian museum, where it will be exhibited.

    Honeywell Aerospace has a considerable fleet of test aircraft. It now consists of two Gulfstream G550s, a Gulfstream 650, a Dassault Falcon 7X, a Dassault Falcon 900EX, a Bombardier Challenger 300, a Beech King Air and an AgustaWestland AW139. The largest aircraft is a Boeing 757-200.

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