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Capital Airlines

Capital Airlines - formed in 1927 as the Skyline Transportation Co. to fly mail services between Pittsburgh and Cleveland, in 1936 the company became known as the Pennsylvania Central Airways (PCA) and served the northern and eastern states of the USA. In April 1948, PCA was renamed Capital Airlines and by this time had become one of the largest domestic passenger carriers in the USA. On 6 October 1946 Capital ordered three second hand 049s from Lockheed, followed by a further two on 28 December 1948 to replace DC-4s. A further seven Connies, this time 749s, had been bought from KLM via Lockheed on 1 April 1951.

 

The 749s were, however, used only for a few years before exchanged with BOAC for 049's in 1955. From July 1956 Viscounts started taking over the more important routes from the 049s. During 1957, the 049s were phased out on most of the their remaining routes. By mid 1958, six of the 049s were in storage and in August 1960, the last services with the 049s were operated by Capital on Washington to Cleveland and Detroit route, and the remaining aircraft were then placed in storage. United Air Lines took over Capital on 1 June 1961.

Model
c/n
 Reg.  From To
 049
2068
N86531
 50 60
 049 1963 N67952  50 58
 049  2071  N86533  50 60
 049 1964
 N67935  50 58
 049  2069  N86532  50
60
 049 1978 N2735A  54 59
 049 1977 N2736A
 55 60
 049 1976 N2737A
 55 60
 049 2051
N2738A
 55 60
 049 2065  N2739A  55 60
049
1975
N2740A
 55
58
 049 1971
N2741A
 55 60
749
2551
N90607
 52
55
749
2564
N90608
 52 55
749 2559
N90621
 53
55
749 2544
N90622
 53 55
749
2556 N90623  53 55
749 2589
N90624
 53 55
749
2557
N90625
 53 55




















Construction number/registration/type

Capital ticked holder 1953




Capital ticket for a Constellation flight on 16 December 1953 from Washington DC to Flint, MI, via Detroit and back.






Notes


c
/n 1963 N67952 L-049

August 50 - August 58

Converted to 049-46-59 for Capital Airlines as N67952 'Capitaliner Freedom' FN 751 and in service 18 August 1950. Wfu and stored at Washington National by August 1958. To Modern Air Transport 25 September 1961.


Nice shot taken 1950, Zoggavia Collection


c/n 1964 N67953 L-049


September 50 - August 58

Bought from Lockheed ex USAF and registered N67953 'Capitaliner Spirit of World Peace', FN753 (Christened by Eleanor Roosevelt 20 September 1950).


Nice afternoon shot at Washington National airport on 4 May 1957, AAHS.


c/n 2069 N86532 L-049

August 55 - December 60

Capital Airlines via Lockheed Aircraft Company (trade-in for L-749As) as N86532 'Captitaliner Liberty', FN754 and delivered 1 October 1950. Sold to Regina Cargo Airlines, later Imperial Airlines 27 February 1960.


Seen summer 1958, Zoggavia Collection.

 
c/n 2071 N86533 L-049

August 55 - December 60

Capital Airlines via Lockheed Aircraft Company (trade-in for L-749As) as N86533 'Captitaliner Atlantan', FN752 and delivered 31 August 1950. Converted to Model 049D. Stored December 1960 (TT 33'628 hrs). Sold to Modern Air Transport 7 September 1961.


This Connie pictured at Miami in April 1957, Zoggavia Collection.


c/n 1971 N2741A L-049

June 55 - December 60

Bought from BOAC ex G-AKCE and registered N2741A FN761, in service with Capital on 25 August 1955. Stored by January 1961 with TT 28'403 hrs. Sold to Modern Air Transport 4 August 1961.

Photo taken at Miami in 1958, Clinton H. Groves Collection.



c/n 1977 N2736A L-049

January 55 - December 60

Bought from BOAC and registered N2736A FN756, in service with Capital on 25 August 1955. Stored by December 1960 with TT 32'025 hrs. Sold to Falcon Airways March 1961.

Photo taken summer 1957, Clinton H. Groves Collection


c/n 2065 N2739A L-049


April 1955 - September 1960

Bought from BOAC, ex G-AMUR in April 1955 as N2739A FN 759. Stored by 1960 and sold to Modern Air Transport August 1961 (TT 31686hrs.) but never operated by MAT.

Unknown US airport in 1956, Zoggavia Collection.


c/n 2068 N36581 L-049


July 1950 - September 1960

Converted to 049-46-59 for Capital Airlines as 'Capitaliner United States', FN 750 and delivered 14 July 1950.

Stored by December 1960 (TT: 32'180 hrs.) and sold to Modern Air Transport 27 July 1961. 


B & W photo taken 1957, Capital Airlines Archive.
 


c/n 1975 N2740A L-049

May 1955 - September 1958

Bought from BOAC, ex G-AHEJ in 28 May 1955 as N2740A FN 760. Stored by 1960 and leased to Coastal Cargo, later stored until sold to Falcon Airways January 1961 (TT: 32'180 hrs on sale).

Photo taken in 1957, Zoggavia Collection


c/n 2051 N2738A L-049


March 1955 - November 1960

Bought from BOAC, ex G-AMUP in 26 March 1955 as N2740A FN 760. Stored by 1960 and sold to Falcon Airways January 1961 (TT: 30'611 hrs on sale).

Photo taken at Cleveland Hopkins 29 May 1959,  Zoggavia Collection via AAHS.


c/n 1978 N2735A L-049


October 1954 - May 1959

Bought from BOAC, ex G-AHEM in 11 October 1954 as N2735A FN 755. Crashed on landing in light rain at Kanawha airport , Charleston, WV on 12 May 1959.

Photo taken at Cleveland Hopkins 29 May 1958, Zoggavia Collection via AAHS.


c/n 2564 N90608 L-749


July 52 - May 55

Bought from Lockheed, as trade-in for KLM L-1049s, and registered N90608 FN861, in service with Capital on 25 August 1952. Sold to BOAC and delivered 2 June 1955.

Nice night shot taken 1954, Clinton H. Groves Collection.


c/n 2551 N90607 L-749


April 52 - June 55

Bought from Lockheed, as trade-in for KLM L-1049s, and registered N90607 FN860, in service with Capital on 18 April 1952. Sold to BOAC and delivered 26 June 1955.

Seen here in 1954, Clinton H. Groves Collection.