Delta Flight Museum: Additional Details of the Official Ceremony and More Photographs
As I promised you, here are additional details and more photographs pertaining to the grand opening of the Delta Flight Museum in celebration of the 85th anniversary of Delta Air Lines at its world headquarters in Atlanta on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
The brick area houses the new — and larger — museum store where you can purchase assorted Delta Air Lines paraphernalia.
Landing gears support the exterior awning; and you can see one person exiting from the entrance to the Delta Flight Museum just behind the furthest landing gear at right in the above photograph. A closer view of the landing gear supports is shown on the left.
In the photograph above, note the massive doors to the hangar on the left. At one time, parts of them were rusted and in need of repair; but they have now been restored. Many of the windows on the sides of both hangars have been covered for a variety of reasons — one of them to improve the efficiency of the new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, as the former Delta Heritage Museum had no air conditioning in the hot and humid summer months in Atlanta.
There were times I hosted events at the former Delta Heritage Museum during the warm weather while wearing a suit and tie — and I can tell you that it was not easy by any means to not sweat as though I was in a sauna.
Once entering the vestibule, you are greeted by an engine built by Rolls Royce. The clear barrier in front of the engine — with a base of actual wheels flat on the floor — is for your protection, as the interior of the engine actually turns. Note the model airplanes hanging from the ceiling. To the left and not shown in the photograph is one of the entrances to the museum store. After my name was found on the list of guests, they asked about my occupation. When I mentioned that I write for FlyerTalk, I was given a media badge. Sweet!
The Spirit of Delta Boeing 767 aircraft — shown in the foreground on the right; although how can you miss it — is the focal point of what is known as Hangar 2 of the Delta Flight Museum. The blue area is a platform with a podium used for events such as this one; and the seats await members of the media and other invited guests. In the background, from left to right, is the tail of a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 aircraft; the glass doors to Hangar 2 from the vestibule of the main entrance to the Delta Flight Museum; and the main entrance to the museum store. If you have flown as a passenger out of Terminal 3 — also known as the Worldport — at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, you will recognize the Delta Air Lines signage above the entrance to the museum store.
Forming a backdrop on the platform, official uniforms used over the years are modeled by employees of Delta Air Lines. How many can you recognize?
Watching a short film projected onto a wall are Richard Anderson, who is the chief executive officer of Delta Air Lines; Kasim Reed, who is the mayor of the city of Atlanta; and Nathan Deal, who is the governor of the state of Georgia. At this point, they were watching and listening to a segment of the film featuring C.E. Woolman — who was the principal founder and first chief executive officer of Delta Air Lines — shown in the photograph below.
Richard Anderson then introduced Nathan Deal — the governor of the state of Georgia — who said the following amongst his remarks:
“For decades, Delta Air Lines has served as a major economic engine for our state. 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.”
June 17, 2014 was then officially proclaimed Delta Air Lines Day in Georgia.
“We are delighted to celebrate Delta’s 85th anniversary of passenger service and look forward to building on a relationship that solidifies our city’s position as the business and cultural center of the South through global engagement and international commerce”, said Kasim Reed — the mayor of the city of Atlanta — before presenting Richard Anderson with a commendation congratulating Delta Air Lines and its 85 years of passenger service; as well as the grand opening of the Delta Flight Museum.
After thanking both the mayor and the governor, Richard Anderson said amongst his remarks that “this museum is a testament to the rich history and unique culture of Delta, which has always been deeply rooted in our people. The museum also commemorates Delta’s contributions to passenger aviation, which influences economic growth and development and fosters greater understanding across cultures. We are proud to welcome the world to the Delta Flight Museum as we celebrate our 85th anniversary of passenger service.”
A “time capsule” of sorts was then introduced by Richard Anderson. Everyone is laughing in the photograph below because Richard invited both Nathan Deal and Kasim Reed to return in 50 years to open this “time capsule” which resembles more like an oven from the galley of an aircraft.
The ceremony had officially concluded at that point. The next article here at The Gate pertaining to the Delta Flight Museum will have more general photographs of its exhibits; with more detailed articles to continue to be posted thereafter at What’s Your Point?