The CONVAIR 880 was first flown on 27 January 1959.

TWA and DELTA AIR LINES had ordered 40, and another 25 were sold to such airlines as Northeast and Japan Airlines.

Standard seating was as high as 124 passengers.

The Convair 880 offered a better speed than its rivals, the Boeing 707 and the Douglas DC8.                    

Dedicated to Marie Force, Delta Air Lines Archives Manager