Delta Flight Museum
Located on the grounds of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the Delta Flight Museum explores aviation history, Delta's legacy, and the future of flight. It was founded in 1995 and features numerous aircraft and aviation-related equipment and other items on display. Highlights include the only remaining Waco 125 biplane and the Douglas DC-3, Delta's first 21-passenger aircraft. Visitors will enjoy the many interactive exhibits, especially the flight simulator. The museum also features an archives for those looking to conduct research. It holds information on Delta's family tree, photographs, flight schedules, equipment, and uniforms. Interestingly, the museum was meant only for Delta Employees and invited guests until quite recently. The museum was opened to the public in June of 2014.
Backstory and Context
Hangar 1 houses the Lockheed-1011, which was bought from the Walt Disney Corporation and cut down to a cockpit and first-class cabin. Hanger 2 holds "The Spirit of Delta," the company's very first Boeing 767 jet that was purchased in 1982. Hanger 1 also houses the Monroe Café, which is a full-scale replica of what used to be Delta's Monroe, Louisiana headquarters.
The museum actually spawned from the idea of a group of Delta retirees who wanted to find the first DC-3 plane to carry passengers. When they found it in Puerto Rico and restored it to mint 1940s condition they were awarded the first National Trust for Historic Preservation award. The museum also features an aviation reference library and other temporary exhibits. The museum plans to expand and procure more historical aircrafts in the future.
"Delta Re-Opens Atlanta Airline Museum." Aero News Network. June 21, 2014. http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=cc520bd9-f2b5-4b63-9c85-aec393ae2d98.