It was wheels up Tuesday on the renovated Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta, an attraction dedicated to telling the story of how a rural crop-dusting operation in the South became the modern-day
The carrier operated its first passenger flight from Dallas to Jackson, Miss., on June 17, 1929. Its 85th anniversary was cause enough for a splashy reopening of the nonprofit-run museum at the airline's original headquarters near Harstfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Georgia Gov.
"It's an honor to be here today, both to showcase the rich history of commercial aviation in Georgia and to honor the thousands of people who have worked to make Delta one of the world's most successful airlines," the governor told the crowd.
The 68,000-square-foot facility houses five historic planes, including a Travel Air 6B Sedan similar to the one used in Delta's first flight, a
Vintage suits and clothing worn by cabin crew members, first-class seats from airplanes (wow, orange? really?), and other memorabilia such as model planes also are on exhibit. The museum, formerly known as the Delta Heritage Museum, opened in 1995 but underwent an extensive yearlong renovation.
It was redone with a $6.3-million grant from the Delta Air Lines Foundation, according to the airline.