Delta Unveils New Flight Museum on 85th Anniversary

By Jesse Sokolow on 18 June 2014
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Delta Heritage Museum earlier this year

Delta Heritage Museum earlier this year

Delta Air Lines announced the opening of the new Delta Flight Museum located at the carrier’s headquarters in Atlanta on Tuesday.  The former Delta Heritage Museum contains exhibits and artifacts that chronicle the airline’s history as well as the development of commercial aviation from the early propeller era through the modern jet age.

Among the items on display are five historic aircraft, including a Travel Air 6B Sedan similar to the plane that operated Delta’s first passenger flight in 1929, a DC-3 Ship 41 that was restored by workers and volunteers, and the Spirit of Delta, the airline’s first 767, which employees and friends purchased and donated to the company in 1982.  One exhibit tells the story of Delta’s origins as a crop-dusting operation, and another is devoted to C.E. Woolman, the airline’s founder and first CEO.

The museum features a 117-seat theater situated inside the fuselage of an L-1011 TriStar plane, as well as a Boeing 737-200 full-motion simulator.  The simulator, which was previously used to train Delta pilots, is the only one of its kind open to the public in the United States.

The museum also has special interactive features for children, such as a pilot pre-flight checklist for a Boeing 767 and a scavenger hunt.  In addition, there is a gift shop that offers Delta- and aviation-themed items for sale.

The 68,000-square-foot (6,317-square-meter) museum is a non-profit organization, and is housed in Delta’s two original maintenance buildings that were erected in the 1940s.  Guided tours are available, although visitors are free to roam at their own pace.

The opening of the museum came on the carrier’s 85th anniversary of passenger service.

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