A Capital Airlines Lockheed L-049 Constellation at the Allegheny County Airport, southeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Circa 1952. Scanned from a Kodachrome stereo slide taken by my grandfather Ralph E. Archer, who owned and operated the Archer Camera Shop in Titusville, Pennsylvania, from 1929 to 1961.
Pennsylvania Airlines, which started in 1931, later merged with Central Airlines in 1936 to become (you guessed it) Pennsylvania Central Airlines. PCA then changed its name in 1948 to Capital Airlines and made a first in airline history when it introduced a new low-fare "coach" service called the "Nighthawk" service. It later merged with United Airlines in 1960. "Queens of all the Air" was the title of one of their advertising brochures in the 1950s which featured the Constellation on the cover.
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