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Spirit Of Delta Retirement Open To ATL Public

Mon May 01, 2006 8:34 am

Pulling Together: Ship 102 brought to The Delta Heritage Museum


Good news! The event to retire the Spirit of Delta by pulling it across Loop Rd. to the Delta Heritage Museum's Hangar II is OPEN to the PUBLIC! It is advised to call the museum first in order to see just what you will need to do to get in(most likely just sign in at the front gate). You will be able to partake in watching the 767 be pulled across Loop Rd. from the airport and to the hangar tarmac. Then, it will be pulled into the hangar for permanent display next to Delta's first DC-3 "Ship 41" as well as Delta's TravelAir and Stinson airplanes. Along with the festivities is the museum itself, the museum's replica of Delta's first ticket office in Monroe, LA, an L-1011 cockpit simulator, and the L1011 fuselage museum store. As well as taking part in the celebration, you will also be able to enjoy all the other festivities the museum has in store. The hangar ceiling was 4 feet too short to accept the 767 tail, so Delta had a team of engineers "raise" the roof high enough to accept the tail and gave it a new coating of Delta's "maintenance gray" paint.

This is a must for any aviation buff living or stopping through ATL on May 7!!!


Event Date: May 7, 2006
Event Location: Delta Heritage Museum, World Headquarters, Atlanta


The 'Spirit of Delta' made its last flight on March 6, 2006. With hangar renovations nearing completion, the Spirit is scheduled to make its move from the Technical Operations Center to historic Hangar 2 on Sunday, May 7. Employees and their families are invited to be a part of the Spirit's final historic journey. With the help of the Delta Aircraft Recovery Team, Ship 102 will cross Loop Road from 11am-1pm and then be pulled by hand into the Delta gates at 1pm by 23 museum volunteers (representing Ship 102's 23 years of service). The museum will provide complimentary Varsity hot dogs, Coca-Cola products, commemorative photos, and interactive festivities for the entire family.

Schedule of Events:

11am -1 pm Ship 102-Crosses Loop Road
1-2pm Ship 102 pulled to the museum by volunteers
2-3pm Fun, food and festivities for the whole family


For more information about The Spirit of Delta Project, visit www.deltamuseum.org.
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RE: Spirit Of Delta Retirement Open To ATL Public

Mon May 01, 2006 9:57 am

by reading the http://www.deltamuseum.org./index.htm it appears as if the tours are only open to Delta employees, friends and family. If this is so its to bad, would love to visit.
 
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RE: Spirit Of Delta Retirement Open To ATL Public

Mon May 01, 2006 2:26 pm

Err .... ok.

Is it? Or isn't it?

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RE: Spirit Of Delta Retirement Open To ATL Public

Wed May 03, 2006 3:16 am

FYI --

I have confirmed via email (with Tiffany @ Delta) that :

- Spirit's move is open to the public

and

- Advance reservations/notification are not required for the general public - just bring photo-ID for security

So - I'm there; anyone else local planning on attending?

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RE: Spirit Of Delta Retirement Open To ATL Public

Wed May 03, 2006 3:36 am

Quoting Litz (Reply 3):
So - I'm there; anyone else local planning on attending?

- litz

Glad to hear its open to general public. I am looking for flights from NYC now. Will it be easy to get to where the action is taking place? You think I'm gonna need a cab or can I walk it from the terminal? thx
 
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RE: Spirit Of Delta Retirement Open To ATL Public

Wed May 03, 2006 4:12 am

Quoting Jumbojet (Reply 4):
Glad to hear its open to general public. I am looking for flights from NYC now. Will it be easy to get to where the action is taking place? You think I'm gonna need a cab or can I walk it from the terminal? thx

It would not be an easy walk - you'd have to go clear out of the airport property, down the outer airport loop road, to get there. With cars flying past at 60-80mph. Atlanta is not pedestrian friendly.

Best bet is to cab it, or grab one of the hotel shuttles for the nearby hotels.

Even better, if you're overnighting, just book one of the nearby hotels (assuming the DL folks coming in town for the event haven't already filled 'em up) and you're all set.

The corporate address is 1030 Delta Boulevard, Atlanta GA 30320, just do a travelocity search for nearest hotel to that address.

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RE: Spirit Of Delta Retirement Open To ATL Public

Wed May 03, 2006 6:13 am

Quoting Litz (Reply 3):
So - I'm there; anyone else local planning on attending?

I am thinking about going, not sure yet. Sounds interesting.
 
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RE: Spirit Of Delta Retirement Open To ATL Public

Wed May 03, 2006 7:48 am

Looks like it will be a pretty good time, and the top brass at Delta are wanting to make it a big event with several hundred or thousand attending. Here are a few more goodies made public from Delta so far.

Quoting ,reply=0:
"Guests will be treated to free Varsity hotdogs, Coke beverages and Jake's Ice Cream's special Delta Delight flavor. Attendees also will have an opportunity to take a complimentary photo in front of the aircraft before it's pulled into Hangar II. The celebration will include balloons and inflatable entertainment for children – a climbing wall and bounce house – a DJ playing music from 1982, Delta Mini Coopers, and Spirit of Delta merchandise to purchase and win. A variety of vendors also will be on site.

This event is part of the retirement of Ship 102 being funded by a generous donation by Boeing. The Spirit of Delta completed a 10-city tour earlier this year and will have a dedication ceremony later this year when it is opened to the public. Once inside Hangar II, the reconfigured aircraft will include a video viewing area in the first class, and an exhibit area and presentation room in coach."

Now, this sounds like it should be a good time for any aviation nut. Free food, get up close and personal with a 767, Delta and aviation merchandise available, spend all day there if you like, and you can even bring the kiddies along with enough to keep them occupied.

As far as getting to the G.O., the best way is probably to catch a cab if your stopping in for the day. Fare will be about $5. It can drop you off at the front gate, which is about 50 paces from where the ceremony will be at. If your staying at one of the ATL Airport area hotels, see if the hotel buses will drop you off. I believe the Holiday Inn Airport North has a courtesy shuttle that only goes directly to DL HQ, as DL puts many employees up there for training purposes. Its also the quickest walk from there to the training center for pilots and flight attendants, about 2 blocks.

And to confirm, the celebration IS INDEED open to the public. Normally, the museum only allows public tours at certain times during the year, but this is one that Delta wants to share with its customers as well as employees. Maybe they will reveal how they came to keeping the Spirit of Delta as compared to letting some creditors get a hold of it(I know how they did). I would highly recommend anyone living in ATL who is interested to also attend. Heck, if nothing else, you at least get a free lunch out of it of hot dogs, Coke, and ice cream. Can't really beat that for a late spring day. Now, if we can only keep it from raining... LOL
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