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Movie Monday - June 14 - Building the Convair 880

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While Movie Monday made an unofficial mid-week return a few weeks ago, I decided it was time for me to get back on the horse. This week's edition takes us back a half century to the development of the General Dynamics Convair 880. In the late 1950s, General Dynamics, now parent company of Gulfstream Aerospace, wanted a piece of the rapidly growing jet travel market, going up against aircraft like the DC-8, 707 and VC10 with the General Electric CJ-805-3 powered CV-880.

This program update was filmed prior to the 880s first flight in January 1959, and discusses the industrial build up leading to full scale production of the jetliner in San Diego, California. The documentary, in two parts, runs a total of about 20 minutes. Unfortunately, the videos aren't able to be embedded outside of YouTube. Also, for those of you wondering whether or not the Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company is still around, you may know it today as 3M.

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