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Delta Ship 102 Spirit Coming Home

Wed Dec 21, 2005 5:33 am

From the Delta News Network. No dates set just yet, but details are sure to be announced. She will be touring 11 stations around the system to Delta people to have a chance to ride her one last time. The system still shows her on a regular flight schedule around the system, so it may be within the next week, and then refurbishing her and putting her in the Delta Heritage Museum.


Delta is preparing to bring Ship 102, The Spirit of Delta, home. During his weekly update, CEO Jerry Grinstein spoke of plans to return The Spirit of Delta to the Delta Heritage Museum, where it will be on permanent display for Delta employees, retirees and their families to enjoy.

"The Spirit of Delta aircraft belongs to the people of this airline; we will keep it that way," said Grinstein. "Ship 102 is going to be accessible to those who helped build this company's foundation as well as everyone now working together to create a stronger, healthier Delta for the future.

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CEO Jerry Grinstein's weekly update call:


Hello. This is Jerry Grinstein. Today is Monday, December 19.

On December 15, 1982, more than 6,500 Delta people gathered at the Tech Ops Center in Atlanta along with family, friends, and national and international media.

Almost 23 years ago to the day, they presented this company with a Boeing 767-200.

This state-of-the-art new ship 102, "The Spirit of Delta," was purchased with $30 million raised through an employee-led, grassroots effort known as Project 767.

It was spearheaded by three flight attendants and funded through voluntary payroll deductions plus support from retirees and friends.

Project 767 made history -- not just at our company but throughout the world – and particularly throughout the corporate world.

Then as now, it illustrates the unique culture of ownership and shared vision that has long set this airline apart from all others.

All of the other 767-200's that Delta bought have been sold – but not Ship 102.

Today, we are taking the first steps in a plan to preserve the Spirit of Delta by bringing it home to the Delta Heritage Museum in Atlanta.

Someday I'll explain to you why this was more complicated than you might at first think.

The aircraft will travel on a farewell flight barnstorming tour to 11 Delta stations, giving employees and customers one last chance to fly on a very special aircraft.

The Delta Museum at the general offices, a non-profit organization, is managing funding and costs through donations from company partners and friends as well as the volunteer efforts of Delta people.

If you'd like to participate as a volunteer -- from painting, refurbishing interiors, and preparing exhibits, and assisting with events on the Farewell Flights -- call the museum at 404-715-7886. To repeat, that's 404 715 7886.

The Spirit of Delta aircraft belongs to the people of this airline; we will keep it that way. Ship 102 is going to be accessible to those who helped build this company's foundation as well everyone now working together to create a stronger, healthier Delta for the future.

Thank you for all that you do.

However you might choose to celebrate this season – Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, Boxing Day, Devali or any other way -- I want to wish you and your families a joyous holiday and a happy and successful new year.

That's it for this week.

I'll be traveling over the next couple of weekends, and I know you'll be busy, too -so please check back for my next scheduled update on Tuesday, January 3.

Thanks again for calling, and for all that you're doing for Delta.

Thank you.



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RE: Delta Ship 102 Spirit Coming Home

Wed Dec 21, 2005 5:37 am

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Thanks for the update...off this week  Smile

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RE: Delta Ship 102 Spirit Coming Home

Wed Dec 21, 2005 5:58 am

Its going back to Boeing?  Smile
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RE: Delta Ship 102 Spirit Coming Home

Wed Dec 21, 2005 6:57 am

As the way it should be....

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RE: Delta Ship 102 Spirit Coming Home

Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:02 am

Well done. I hope that Delta takes care of this airplane, which is historical in that no other airline has ever had a jumbo jet purchased for them in this manner.

I'd love to see DL come through this bankruptcy with enough employee support that something like this could possibly happen again.

I'm glad it's going to be there. I wonder what will happen to the engines?
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RE: Delta Ship 102 Spirit Coming Home

Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:05 am

You beat me to it OttoPylit! Oh well.....Its nice to see that she will be more than just a vivid memory. Is it going to be kept in flying condition or cut up like the L-1011 was.?
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RE: Delta Ship 102 Spirit Coming Home

Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:06 am

Are there still plans for a 772 in the livery?
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RE: Delta Ship 102 Spirit Coming Home

Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:19 am

Quoting Deltaamtrak058 (Reply 5):
cut up like the L-1011 was.?

That L-1011 was cut up so it could be used as a movie prop, then as a training aid. DL did not do the cutting as far as I know.

I believe that the plan (according to the nice lady that runs the L-1011 gift shop) is to have it kept in original condition, but to use it sometimes for a conference center (I assume by changing out seats) and presentations/partys. It would be a cool place for a meeting as long as everyone had either business class or 1st class seats....
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RE: Delta Ship 102 Spirit Coming Home

Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:29 am

A fitting end for a great ship!

How does one obtain access to the Delta Museum? Is it only open to employees or can the loyal Delta fliers obtain entrance?
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RE: Delta Ship 102 Spirit Coming Home

Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:30 am

Quoting Deltaamtrak058 (Reply 5):
You beat me to it OttoPylit!

Sorry. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to be the first to post the information on here.


On a side note, the Delta DC-3, Ship 41, turns 65 years old this week and a special tour will be given on Thursday as it sits in front of Historic Hangar 1 by the General Offices. It was the first Delta DC-3 to enter revenue service and its good to see it was found and preserved in such wonderful condition. If you have never flown in it, I would highly recommend it, its quite the experience.



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RE: Delta Ship 102 Spirit Coming Home

Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:40 am

Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 8):
How does one obtain access to the Delta Museum? Is it only open to employees or can the loyal Delta fliers obtain entrance?

I think(note think) anyone can obtain access but they have to show ID and sign in at the Delta General Offices front gate. Once you do that, the Hangar is the second building on the left. I am sure if anyone is in the ATL area, you can get the Museum's number from 411 and someone there can give you the complete rules and regs.



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RE: Delta Ship 102 Spirit Coming Home

Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:47 am

The website to the museum is:

www.deltamuseum.org
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RE: Delta Ship 102 Spirit Coming Home

Wed Dec 21, 2005 11:16 am

Quoting OttoPylit (Thread starter):
The aircraft will travel on a farewell flight barnstorming tour to 11 Delta stations, giving employees and customers one last chance to fly on a very special aircraft.

very interesting. Please keep us posted. If customers are allowed to fly it and I am sure FLL is going to be in the mix, as long as it is before Jan 22, I'd fly it.
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