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What’s National Aviation Day? It’s a U.S. observation that celebrates the development of aviation and air travel. President Franklin Roosevelt issued a presidential proclamation in 1939 designating the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday to commemorate National Aviation Day. Orville and Wilbur Wright are credited with inventing and building the world’s ...
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Collett E. “C.E.” Woolman, Delta’s principal founder and first Chief Executive Officer, had a different vision for an airline when Delta began offering passenger service in 1929. Woolman was committed to the idea that customer-focused employees directly contribute to the success of the organization—a tenet that continues today. Woolman’s route ...
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Aviation and history buffs - or anyone else - can leave a lasting legacy at the Delta Flight Museum through the purchase of a personalized brick in the museum’s courtyard. The museum said this week it is accepting orders for commemorative bricks through Monday, Sept. 7, so they can be ...
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This charming six-minute video is a must see for anyone interested in aviation history. It’s a recent interview featuring Paige Jones, one of Delta’s early flight attendants – or ‘stewardess’ as she was referred to in the 1940s – and it’s sure to pull on your heartstrings, while providing a ...
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Delta marked an important milestone in its history Wednesday, and it's Delta Flight Museum President John Boatright's job to tell the airline's story. It's the 86th anniversary of Delta passenger service. Delta, which started as a crop-dusting company, operated its first passenger flight on June 17, 1929, from Dallas, Texas ...
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The state-of-the-art Delta Flight Museum explores the history of Delta and the future of flight with an array of interactive exhibits and rare aviation items. Schedule your departure and strap in for a training session in the flight simulator — the only full-motion “sim” open to the public in the ...
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Service begins to Atlanta. Lack of mail contract forces suspension of passenger service. Company renamed Delta Air Corporation.
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Delta becomes first airline to launch Douglas DC-9 service.
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Delta unveils the "Centennial Spirit," a new MD-11 jet painted in an Olympic design; transports the Olympic Flame from Athens, Greece, to Los Angeles for 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Customers can make reservations and purchase tickets via Delta's Web site, SkyLinks. Delta starts low-fare airline Delta Express, with service ...
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Delta receives Air Mail Route 24 from Post Office; resumes passenger service. Begins operating as Delta Air Lines.
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Delta founder C.E. Woolman dies. Charles H. Dolson becomes Delta's second CEO. Crop-dusting division ceases operations. Delta is first with Lockheed L-100 Hercules cargo service.
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Leo F. Mullin is named President and CEO. Delta is the first airline to board more than 100 million passengers in a year. Begins expansion of U.S.-Latin America routes. Introduction of new aircraft livery. Delta purchases the Boeing 777.
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Douglas DC-2 and DC-3 service introduced. Flight attendants, called "stewardesses," added to flight crews.
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Delta has an all-jet passenger airplane fleet. Boeing 747 service begins.
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Delta and SwissCargo forge the first international cargo alliance. Delta is the first airline to install automatic defibrillators on board all of its aircraft. First and business classes on international flights become a single section of luxury seats called BusinessElite®.