I've had a long association with Delta that goes back to the later 60's. My parents nor have I ever worked for an airline. I've been a airline dork for the better part of my life. Let me share with you some of my fond memories of DL
In Houston at Hobby airport I can remember getting on a CV880. This was around 1967-1969. Can't tell you much about the flight other than fighting with my brother over the window seat. Forty years later we still have the same problem.
My first 747 that I ever saw was at DAL
in July 1973 as a afternoon DL
747 comes in for a landing. My brother and I saw it in a distance and thought it was a 707/DC-8 until if got closer and then we took off to grab our dad. We still talk about that day. I'm still impressed with the widget on a 747.
We were housing hunting in the MEM
area in 1974. My dad took my brother and I over to the airport and saw many Delta DC-9's landing. I had never seen that many DC-9's before. Just about that time my brother and I each got a Bachmann Brothers Delta DC-9 plastic plane that my brother has to this day!
My first 767 flight was on Delta. This was a surprise in Summer 1989. I had a BOS
flight and either a equipment sub or clueless idiot that should have checked the itinerary. I saw a movie on the flight and that also may be a first. I think the movie was the dream team with Michael Keeton. Funny movie!
We moved to DFW
area summer of 1975 and remember going out to what is Terminal E to see the Delta planes. The L1011, what a dream that was. DFW
was a cool time back then. We use to go out to the Braniff terminal and take the train to the other terminals. Lot's of fun and I seem to recall there were DC-8's there.
In summer of 1978 my dad had a conference in Southern California. He decided to take the family and make it our summer trip. We had the trip planned and it was DFW
on a L1011. At the last minute they changed the location to DFW
!! So needless to say my L1011 flight was pushed back until 1999. I finally did a L1011 ORD
in 1999 and another from TPA
in 2000. My brother has never been on a L1011.
I was flying from DFW
in summer 1989. The captain announced the plane we were on (MD-88) was new and this was like on of the few flights it had been on.
My first MD
-90 flight was on DL
. Been on a few DL MD
-90's now but so far no other carrier.
My first L1011 flight was from ORD
. I had a long day at work and was very happy to fly my first L1011. I have been on well over 600 planes since 1998 and I'll never forget that flight.
One of my favorite flights was a red eye from LAS
, stated out at LAX
before the short hop to LAS
. I never slept that night, drank a bit and saw a lot of the country on a beautiful moon lighted night/morning. Saw Chicago at 4AM and not long after that had Long Island in view just before dawn. After landing I got the rental car and drove 400 miles to Presque Isle Maine.
My sad memory is the 1988 Delta crash at DFW
with the 727. All crashes make me said for the people that are lost and the people that survive them. This crash was a little closer to me. There was a gentleman on board that did not survive. He was on his way for a job interview in SLC
. We had interviewed him at work a few weeks before. I voted to hire him. I can't recall if we had made a final decision at that point. I remember getting news that he had been on board the plane. It's always easy to look back, but what if we had hired him and he wound not have been on that plane. He was a good man and I was very impressed with him. I know he left behind a family and that still makes me sad to this day.
Delta has always had a soft spot in my heart. My Mom was always a big Delta fan and she got me started with them. My first cockpit (In flight I might add) was on Delta around 1967. I really hope things turn around and Delta resumes where they left off. There is a lot of good history with this carrier and I look forward to a great future. Thanks for the good memories.
Since 1998 I've had the chance to fly Delta often. Since then I have been on the following planes and cities.
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