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Capital Airlines Question

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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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RE: Capital Airlines Question

Fri Sep 22, 2006 8:44 pm

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.
 
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RE: Capital Airlines Question

Fri Sep 22, 2006 10:14 pm

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
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RE: Capital Airlines Question

Sat Sep 23, 2006 12:46 am

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

Sun Sep 24, 2006 5:39 am

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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RE: Capital Airlines Question

Sun Sep 24, 2006 5:57 am

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..."


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RE: Capital Airlines Question

Sun Sep 24, 2006 6:30 am

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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RE: Capital Airlines Question

Sun Sep 24, 2006 6:58 am

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
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RE: Capital Airlines Question

Sun Sep 24, 2006 7:00 am

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

Not that I know of. There was Capitol, though.
 
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RE: Capital Airlines Question

Sun Sep 24, 2006 8:28 am

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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RE: Capital Airlines Question

Sun Sep 24, 2006 10:44 am

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



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