* From - Dave Erickson *

My dad, E. Guffey worked in operations engineering and was the Viscount project engineer. At the time of the merger with United, he was director of engineering. He was "engineering superintendant" with United and died in Sep 1961.
He was involved with the Comet, Caravelle, Electra, and 880.



Capital ordered 4 Comet IV and 10 Comet IVA in July 1956 Capital's Mk.4As were to be furnished to accommodate 74 passengers, " in the utmost luxury" by having 68 persons seated four abreast in two large cabins and six in a forward lounge. The Mk.4A was launched in June 1956 as a short range version of the Comet. The fuselage was stretched and the wing span was reduced. The Mk.4A died, when Capital Airlines cancelled the order. As a result no Mk 4Awas ever built.


*   *   *  

CAPITAL AIRLINES was in talks with Lockheed Aircraft in 1957 to purchase nine 97 passenger Convair 880 pure jets, to be delivered from Sept. 1960 to Sept. 1961. In 1959 the order was decreased from 9 to 7, even after aircraft to fill that order were in production, United Airlines took over Capital and cancelled the order and the planes were delivered to various carriers. None of the 7 exist today as they either crashed or were scrapped.

Interior and exterior mock-ups of the Convair 880
bdadconvair880interior930x710b" adadconvair880mockup930x710b
I had a chance to tour the interior mock-up. I only recognize my dad in that
picture, he is sitting in the isle seat and Lan Caldwell is standing behind him.

*   *   *  

edadintheofficeb.jpe" E. Guffey relaxes in his office

*   *   *  

visccrshb920x448
N7424 CAP #343 acquired May, 1956 to UAL Jul., 1961. Anyone have more info on this crash?
N7424 was flown by UAL 'til Jan., 1969 and was then donated to Southern Illinois University.

*   *   *  

vsctcsh2b
N7404 CAP #323 first flew Jul. 13, 1955, crashed Feb. 20, 1956, Midway Airport, Chicago, IL.
Crew: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 37
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair).
The hull was used to build Vickers 757 Viscount c/n 301 which entered service with Trans Canada Air
Lines May 30 1957. Withdrawn from use Jan., 1969. Broken up at Winnipeg July, 1971.

*   *   *  

crshtail560x700"

June 13, 1947, Time:18:16, Location: Leesburg, Virginia, Flight #: 410, Route: Pittsburgh - Washington D.C. A/C Type: Douglas DC-4 (C-54-DO), Registration: NC88842, Aboard: 50 (passengers:47 crew:3),Fatalities: 50 (passengers:47 crew:3). The aircraft crashed into a ridge at Lookout Rock, 8 miles SE of Charles Town, WV during a rainstorm. The action of the pilot in descending below the minimum en route altitude under conditions of weather which prevented adquate visual reference to the ground. A contributing cause was the faulty clearance given by ATC








Return to "A     IDEA"