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Unread post by Cheetah 845 » Sat Aug 13, 2011 1:40 pm

Hi friends, on our way down to Kie Mouth to recover our aircraft I could not believe what I saw just outside of Morgans Bay.
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Unread post by Swampdonkey » Sat Aug 13, 2011 1:45 pm

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Unread post by three eighty » Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:10 am

SANTACO would be pleased to have such a fine specimen in their fleet.
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Unread post by layercake » Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:59 am

I see that a roof-rack modification has been installed, and a venteral waste dissposal system too .......more colourful waste soon to be seen scattered across our landscapes. :lol: :lol:
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Unread post by porqui » Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:51 pm

Chute installed for on route drop-offs!!
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Unread post by mmfs » Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:26 am

One of the taxi industry aircraft just landed?
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Unread post by Flymecpt » Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:36 am

Anyone got the story on these aircraft - I remember hearing they were acquired for Ciskei International Airways - did they ever fly or was it just an ego trip?
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Unread post by d7e7r7 » Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:05 pm

Flymecpt wrote:
Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:36 am
Anyone got the story on these aircraft - I remember hearing they were acquired for Ciskei International Airways - did they ever fly or was it just an ego trip?
Sorry for the thread necro but just got back from a trip to Coffee Bay and drove past this plane too...

Here's the story from the Geocache we did: https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC2 ... 5ed109a2d3
This Convair 880 aircraft c/n 22-7-6-58 (ex. N88CH) is in private ownership of South African councillor Billy Nel located in the Eastern Cape (between East London and Kei Mouth). Although not in airworthy condition it is one of the few surviving aircraft of this type.

It was first delivered to Japan Air Lines in July 1961, registered JA8022. Cathay Pacific Airways bought it in July 1970 and registered it as VR-HGF. Compania Iter-Americana Export Import bought it in September 1975 and registered it as N88CH. Jet Aviation in Basel, Switzerland bought it in February 1976 and transferred it to Hirschmann Corporation in the USA. At that time the airline interior was converted for executive transport use. D-Flag Leasing bought it in December 1977. Orchester Incorporated bought it in May 1978. Sentinel Jets Inc. bought it in March 1979. C C Petit bought it in October 1981. As of July 1983 it was being held at Islip, New York for unpaid fuel and parking fees. It had been abandoned by the rock group Jefferson Starship when they were not paid for performing a concert in Long Island. The Ciskei government bought it in August 1987 for the purpose of using it as the luxurious personal transport of president Lennox Sebe, but could not afford to make it airworthy. It was parked at the Bulembu International Airport for 8 years at a great expense.

Once a flying party palace to stars like Barbra Streisand, John Denver, the Rolling Stones and The Who and designed by Howard Hughes, it is one of only two remaining aircraft of its kind in the world. The other one is lodged in Graceland, Elvis Presley’s former home in Memphis, Tennessee.

By the time the rock ’n’ roll era had waned in the mid-1970s, the Convair was put to pasture and by 1992, Ciskei’s Lennox Sebe was ready to invest in his own private aircraft. But the deal fell flat when it was ascertained that the plane needed too many costly repairs to be viable. It was scrap metal time for the Convair. That was until Billy Nel stepped in. And so a bizarre journey towing the aircraft from Ciskei’s Bulembu Airport to his massive riverside plot in Gonubie began and subsequently it was towed to its present resting place.

He paid R30 000 for the plane but it cost him R90 000 to move it – a lot of money in those days. But the historical value of it got him going. The wings were temporarily sliced off, but the aircraft was still as wide as a single carriageway. Also there were two bridges between King William’s Town and East London that were too narrow and one that was too low, so a road had to be forged through Ciskei with a front-end loader.

The story is the stuff of legend and, if only the original psychedelic wall covering, mustard couches, double bed and swanky fitted bar could speak, they would no doubt spill equally outrageous tales – most probably starring Mick Jagger himself.
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Unread post by homebuilt » Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:03 pm

The owner of this aircraft has quite a collection of motor cycles and other paraphenalia stored in his sheds and I believe viewing is possible on arrangement. I have not been there myself but I believe viewing is a must. I do however fly over there often and it is a nav landmark which you see from a long way off. Lots of up country lads driving around this part of the world. You should be flying man! 8)
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Unread post by d7e7r7 » Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:07 pm

homebuilt wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:03 pm
The owner of this aircraft has quite a collection of motor cycles and other paraphenalia stored in his sheds and I believe viewing is possible on arrangement. I have not been there myself but I believe viewing is a must. I do however fly over there often and it is a nav landmark which you see from a long way off. Lots of up country lads driving around this part of the world. You should be flying man! 8)
We would have loved to have a look around there but the place was closed when we were there, possibly because of COVID? Also there was no contact number or bell or anything that we could see at the entrance. Oh well, maybe next time...
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Unread post by Bongz » Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:24 am

d7e7r7 wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:07 pm
homebuilt wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:03 pm
The owner of this aircraft has quite a collection of motor cycles and other paraphenalia stored in his sheds and I believe viewing is possible on arrangement. I have not been there myself but I believe viewing is a must. I do however fly over there often and it is a nav landmark which you see from a long way off. Lots of up country lads driving around this part of the world. You should be flying man! 8)
We would have loved to have a look around there but the place was closed when we were there, possibly because of COVID? Also there was no contact number or bell or anything that we could see at the entrance. Oh well, maybe next time...
https://www.google.co.za/search?ei=nb5q ... ent=psy-ab

I found their numbers on google, maybe you can give them a ring? hope you come right and please post some pics. it would be interesting to see the pics of the plane
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Unread post by d7e7r7 » Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:48 pm

Bongz wrote:
Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:24 am
d7e7r7 wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:07 pm
homebuilt wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:03 pm
The owner of this aircraft has quite a collection of motor cycles and other paraphenalia stored in his sheds and I believe viewing is possible on arrangement. I have not been there myself but I believe viewing is a must. I do however fly over there often and it is a nav landmark which you see from a long way off. Lots of up country lads driving around this part of the world. You should be flying man! 8)
We would have loved to have a look around there but the place was closed when we were there, possibly because of COVID? Also there was no contact number or bell or anything that we could see at the entrance. Oh well, maybe next time...
https://www.google.co.za/search?ei=nb5q ... ent=psy-ab

I found their numbers on google, maybe you can give them a ring? hope you come right and please post some pics. it would be interesting to see the pics of the plane
Thanks, if I recall we tried those numbers too, without any luck. We are back already. Here is a short trip report I wrote:
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Unread post by Bongz » Wed Sep 23, 2020 7:29 pm

d7e7r7 wrote:
Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:48 pm
Bongz wrote:
Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:24 am
d7e7r7 wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:07 pm


We would have loved to have a look around there but the place was closed when we were there, possibly because of COVID? Also there was no contact number or bell or anything that we could see at the entrance. Oh well, maybe next time...
https://www.google.co.za/search?ei=nb5q ... ent=psy-ab

I found their numbers on google, maybe you can give them a ring? hope you come right and please post some pics. it would be interesting to see the pics of the plane
Thanks, if I recall we tried those numbers too, without any luck. We are back already. Here is a short trip report I wrote:
see like it was a great trip.... Thank you for sharing
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