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Delta Flight Museum, Atlanta

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The Delta Flight Museum is an aviation and corporate museum located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, near the airline's main hub at the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The museum is housed in two 1940s-era Delta Air Lines maintenance hangars, which were used until the 1960s when the Delta Technical Operations Center, formerly known as the Jet Base, was completed. The museum is a nonprofit organization and relies on volunteers, donations, special event rentals and Museum Store sales. The Delta Museum is considered an ongoing project and it collects various items year round.
The museum opened to the general public in June 2014. Prior to that, Delta employee ID or prior arrangement was required to access the campus in which the museum is located.
The idea for a museum about Delta Air Lines originated when a group of retirees started a campaign in 1990 to find one of the original five Douglas DC-3's that Delta purchased new in the early 1940s. After some searching, the employees struck gold when they found Delta Ship 41, Delta's first DC-3 to carry passengers, in Puerto Rico performing cargo services. The group bought the plane from the cargo airline and the Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum was started. From 1995 to October 8, 1999, the plane was painstakingly restored to its exact original configuration & appearance when it was first delivered to Delta back in 1940 by active and retired Delta mechanics. Delta Ship 41 is by far one of the most faithfully restored passenger transport DC-3's in the world, evidenced by the fact that in 2001, it was the first aircraft to be presented with an award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Delta Ship 41 is the only remaining Douglas DC-3 out of the original five planes that Delta purchased new directly from Douglas Aircraft Company in 1940 and is still the only remaining Delta passenger Douglas DC-3 left in existence. Delta Air Lines is the only major air carrier known still possess its first new revenue carrying DC-3.
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  • Had a day layover in ATL and as an aviation worker i thought it would be fit to visit the DL museum. I was blown away by the displays and history the building contained. If you have time during any...  more »
  • 19 of of us from our churches Adult Ministries made the trip to the museum today. We all enjoyed the visit. It was very interesting, great history. Lot's of walking so be prepared . If you have never....  more »
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  • Great museum with lots of airplane and company history. Lots of airplanes to walk through and even a simulator to fly if you buy tickets. Need at least 2 hours to see it all thoroughly. Will definitely come back!
  • I went on a Sunday, so the place wasn't crowded at all. Enjoyed seeing the planes up close. Wished the touch screen information pads worked so you could learn more about Delta and how the exhibit contributed to its success. Best parts though were the 747 Experience and walking through the B767. Next time i go, i would like to do the flight simulator experience. Prices are reasonable and parking is free. Staff members are helpful and friendly.

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