United never scheduled any Caravelles out of LGA
. Jet Service from LGA
began on June 1, 1964 with 727-022's to ORD
. I flew on one out of there a few days later. The weekend before, I was a guest on a friend's parents' boat that was docked in Flushing Bay, and watched a United Caravelle take off from LGA
, but it must have been a proving flight. You can check every UA
schedule from 1964 on and you will find that the Caravelles were operated out of EWR
. In late 1964 or 1965, I flew on a Caravelle from JFK
but it was an equipment substitution. The last Caravelle flight on United I flew on was in 1971 from ORD
, my first was in 1962 on the same route. Believe it or not, many people avoided United Caravelle flights because of the slightly higher first class fares. The only other airline's Caravelle I ever flew on was an AZ
flight from TLV
in early August of 1969. The Caravelle was a wonderful airplane, and as a teenager, I always enjoyed flying on it.
The United - Capital merger took place on June 1, 1961, and the first combined schedule was on July 1, 1961. (I have one that I bought on Ebay some years ago.) That schedule also marked the introduction of the Caravelle, with service beginning 7/14/01 (Bastille Day, how ironic) with three roundtrips a day, including the all men Executive on the IDL-ORD
route. Shortly thereafter, the former Capital shops at DCA
began painting the Viscounts in United colors. The only other Capital aircraft ever operated by United after the merger were a few DC-3's operated for a few months in 1961 on the route between DCA
, HAR (Capital City Airport, Olmstead/MDT was still and Air Force Base)IPT, ELM
, and ROC
. June 30, 1961 was the last day of Capital Constellation and DC-4 service. Capital also operated some leased Pan Am DC-6B's. None of these were retained by UA
but may have been operated for a short time after the merger. Prior to the merger, Capital inaugerated jet service between CLE
Boeing 720's. These aircraft remained in United colors.
A "thrill" for me as a kid was my first Viscount flight, from ORD
to MLI in 1963, when UA
began really integrating the Viscounts into the schedule and operating them on routes that were not originally Capital ones. United kept 47 Capital Viscounts and operated them until the phaseout of props (except for SLC
) during the winter of 1968/69, that coincided with the delivery of 75 Boeing 737-222's.
I was a student at the University of Colorado when all the Caravelles were parked at Stapleton. When the remaining 13 were sold to Sterling, there was a big article about it in the Denver Post. At the same time that all of the Caravelles were parked, the phase out of the 720 began, and the entire fleet of 29 was parked in DEN
. The oldest 720 was only 11 1/2 years old when it was parked.