Delta Flight Museum reopens with visits from mayor, governor

Filed in Events, News by on June 5, 2014

Delta museumTo help celebrate the 85th anniversary of its launch of passenger service, Delta Air Lines on Tuesday held an official grand re-opening of its Delta Flight Museum following a months-long expansion. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Gov. Nathan Deal joined Delta CEO Richard Anderson and dozens of Delta employees in inaugurating the renovated, 68,000-square-foot space, which includes two 1940s-era hangars, a 117-seat theater and a gift shop. Anderson also welcomed Delta employees to contribute items and messages to a time capsule that will be placed onsite for future generations.

“The opening of the new Delta Flight Museum represents the addition of a world-class facility that honors and celebrates our city’s longstanding and historic partnership with Delta,” said Mayor Reed, who spoke at the event. “We are delighted to celebrate Delta’s 85th anniversary of passenger service and look forward to building on a relationship that solidifies our city’s position as the business and cultural center of the South through global engagement and international commerce.”

Hartsfield-Jackson General Manager Miguel Southwell, City Council President Ceasar Mitchell and hundreds of other special guests also attended the event and toured the exhibitions, which detail the growth of Delta from its beginnings as a crop-dusting business founded in Macon to its addition of cross-country and international routes, through the acquisition of rivals Pan Am and Northwest, to its current place as the world’s largest commercial air carrier.

In addition to interactive historical displays, the museum boasts fascinating exhibits of vintage logos, flight attendant uniforms, passenger seats, and five full-sized planes, including a 1928 Waco Model 125 two-seat biplane; a Travel Air 6B Sedan like the one that flew Delta’s first passenger flight in 1929; a Douglas DC-3 from 1940 restored with shiny aluminum plating; and The Spirit of Delta, a Boeing 767 filled with more memorabilia and dioramas.

Visitors can also snap selfies in the cockpit of a Convair 880 jet and, for an additional fee, test their skills in a Boeing 737-200 full-motion flight simulator, the only one in the U.S. that’s open to the public. Along with branded T-shirts and luggage tags, the museum gift shop sells logo patches and models of Delta’s most familiar aircraft. The museum is also available for events, with space for up to 1,200 guests. For more information, visit www.deltamuseum.org.

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