Convair 240 in an Arizona boneyard (Marana - Avra Valley), 1996
Our rental car in the background.
This Convair is one of the latest models produced, a CV240. N81599 has c/n 53-25 and the last CV240 model produced was 53-26. N81599 was delivered to the USAF in nov.'54 and designated a C-131A (52-5805). It spent much of its service life in Europe, based at Rhein-Main. In 1975 it was stored in the desert of Arizona, at Davis Monthan AFB. It was assigned its last tail number N81599 in may 1989, when it was registered for Central Air Service. It remained at Avra Valley for a few years. It was registered in Dec.'96 for Starship Inc,Tucson and reportedly sold to a Mexican owner in 1997, but never went there and was reported in 1999 still in Tucson. (Source: R. Leeuw)
Visited on Felicity and Phillip's Washington DC to San Diego road trip.