The retired pilot’s passion for aviation and Delta led him on a quest to research exhibits and share ideas with other members of the museum’s Board of Trustees to help make the much-anticipated project a success.
Schorr recently announced his retirement after 21 years on the board. Colleagues praised his contributions as a founding board member.
“Bob’s loyal and dedicated service to the Delta Flight Museum Board of Trustees, along with his many contributions at Delta, have ensured our continued and growing success,” said John Boatright, Chairman of the Board and President – Delta Flight Museum.
Schorr said, “I appreciated the privilege and honor to be asked to serve on the museum’s board. During the years of expanding the museum, I was able to participate in many activities. Families were and still are involved in the museum’s projects. My wife and I have worked many events and were able to interface with Delta family members, both active and retired.”
Established in 1995 as the Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum Board of Trustees, the board’s mission was to “plan, develop and manage a museum which reflects the history of commercial aviation with a particular reference to the history and development of Delta Air Lines.”
The board’s first activity was to plan for the restoration of Ship 41, Delta’s first DC-3 aircraft, which is now on display at the museum. Delta celebrated the 75th anniversary of Ship 41’s first passenger flight on Dec. 24, 2015, thanks in part to Schorr’s efforts.
“His knowledge of the DC-3 aircraft during the renovation of Ship 41 was invaluable,” Boatright said. “Bob and his family personally spent numerous hours working on the aircraft.”
Schorr joined Delta in 1957 and flew for the airline until his retirement in 1990.
“When I left the Navy, I was thankful for the opportunity to work for Delta,” he said. “My all-time favorite aircraft to fly was the Convair 880, which was known as the ‘Going Machine.’”
Schorr also appreciates the culture of Delta and its people.
“Delta has always been a family company,” he said. “I have been very fortunate to work with so many people that I could call ‘family’ throughout my years at Delta. There are many Delta people out there who share the same passion for our company as I do.”
The Delta Flight Museum Board of Trustees includes active and retired Delta employees, as well as a non-Delta employee who was integral to the Ship 41 restoration project.
For more information on the Delta Flight Museum, as well as upcoming events and exhibits, visit the museum’s website.