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User currently offlineZippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5486 posts, RR: 13
Posted (8 years 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3252 times:


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Absorbed by UA in 1961, Vickers foreclosed on their Viscounts; This was Capital Airlines formerly known as Pa. Central Airlines. I have some questions:

  • Originally was Capital part of the Pa Central Railroad empire?
  • With an imminent take over by UA why would a financially strapped airline change their livery months before? Personally, the second livery is hideous looking in comparison to the classic Capital livery. Capital's final livery reminds me of the
    logo.
  • For a brief period before UA took over, Capital flew Boeing 720 jets. Were any of the 720s painted in the classic Capital livery?



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User currently offlineEWRandMDW From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 416 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3226 times:

There was a PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD that billed itself as the Standard Railroad of America (later the World). In the 1930s PRR had an association with Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) for coast-to-coast combination rail-air travel. TAT later combined with Western Air Transport (not sure if correct name) to become Transcontinental and Western Air (TWA). To my knowledge PRR and Capital Airlines was never involved in any way.

User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3196 times:

Quoting Zippyjet (Thread starter):
For a brief period before UA took over, Capital flew Boeing 720 jets. Were any of the 720s painted in the classic Capital livery?

No, they were in Full UA colors.

See:
Great Airliners Vol 7, Boeing 720


User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6839 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3131 times:

Capital was originally Pennsylvania Central (until ... late 1940s?). Offhand I'm agreeing, no connection to PRR.

User currently offlineZippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5486 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3021 times:

Thanks for the info. I'm still wondering why an airline in financial dire straights and confirmed for being folded into UA would make a livery change?

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 2):
No, they were in Full UA colors.

See:
Great Airliners Vol 7, Boeing 720

And if their 720's were already decked out for UA why? And that last livery was FUGLY!



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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3010 times:

Quoting Zippyjet (Reply 4):
And if their 720's were already decked out for UA why?

"In anticipation of a merger approval by government agencies, United began leasing 720's to Capital in full United colors and service commenced on January 8, 1961..."


See page 56 of:

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 2):
Great Airliners Vol 7, Boeing 720


User currently offlineRW717 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2992 times:

Wasn't there another Capital Airlines in the 80's? I can remember being in the old AA terminal in LAS (the one that was all by itself) when I was a kid and seing the inaugural flight from LAS to either NYC or DC. I can't remember which one.


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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2971 times:

Quoting RW717 (Reply 6):
Wasn't there another Capital Airlines in the 80's?


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Yes,
They were established in '46 a charter company.

In 1979 the became a scheduled carrier.

It folded on Nov. 25, 1984


User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6839 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2967 times:

Quoting RW717 (Reply 6):
Wasn't there another Capital Airlines

Not that I know of. There was Capitol, though.


User currently offlineRW717 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2936 times:

Quoting Timz (Reply 8):
Not that I know of. There was Capitol, though.

WOW!!!
I am truly embarrased to admit this, but...
I cannot believe that I have made it to the age of 34, AND am College educated, and did not know that Capital meant the city or location and Capitol meant the actual building.
Did everybody else know about this? I feel so cheated.



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User currently offlineZippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5486 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2896 times:

Quoting RW717 (Reply 9):
WOW!!!
I am truly embarrased to admit this, but...
I cannot believe that I have made it to the age of 34, AND am College educated, and did not know that Capital meant the city or location and Capitol meant the actual building.
Did everybody else know about this? I feel so cheated.

This is new to me and I'm 50 years young. Y'all made me feel like I had another



moment>  dopey 



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