The sideways widget was originally a trademark, and appeared in ads before it appeared on the aircraft.
Remember at the time, all of Delta's aircraft had different paint schemes depending on the type. The DC-8 and Convair 880 each had their own image, and when the DC-9 was introduced, it bore this new scheme with the sideways widget.
When it was decided that the jets would all have one paint scheme, the "upright" widget was devised, and soon all jet aircraft wore this scheme. Other than the Herc, no prop aircraft wore the widget scheme in those days.
|Quoting brushpilot (Reply 6):|
The early version " upright widget " with full tittle DELTA AIR LINES is missing ( DC9-14 only ).
Also missing, is the "Delta Prince" titles, as the DC-9 was called when introduced.
|Quoting flyhossd (Reply 7):|
By today's definition, this would be considered to be a RJ and not flown by Delta (mainline) at all.
True, but it was an increase in capacity over the CV440 and DC-6/7 it replaced.
Just because I stopped arguing, doesn't mean I think you are right. It just means I gave up!