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Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:14 pm

Today marks DL's 85th Anniversary of pax service. Share your stories, pictures, trials, and triumphs about Delta right here as we celebrate 85 years of loving to fly!
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:30 pm

My first flight was on Southern Airways, which became Republic, which became Northwest, which became Delta - so I definitely have a soft spot for the widget (and the red tail and the goose... and the S, I guess?).

I will never forget my first flight on a DL L1011 - amazing.
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:56 pm

First flew on DL when I was a couple weeks old (or around that age)

Hope to work for them one day
 
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:18 pm

I fell for the Widget back in 07 when I worked their ramp in DAB. It didn't take long for me to realize this was a very unique company, let alone a unique airline. Congrats on 85!    Here's to another 85...and many more!
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:29 pm

I worked for Western Airlines for 10 years back in the 60's and 70's. I feel a bond with Delta and still fly on them when I can. I still remember their sharp looking DC-8's at SFO in the 60's.
 
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:51 pm

Flew on a DL 747 in 1973 -- still have the F/a's phone #''s! -- not that would help a lot now. (SFO ATL)

41 years later I am on a DL 747 again today -- which speaks volumes about both Delta and the 747! (ATL NRT).

Can you imagine a 747 domestic in this day and age?

Congratulations DL!
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Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:59 pm

Congrats to Delta!

Thinking 85 years into the future, I can imagine that the MD-88/-90 and 717-fleet will be pleased to participate the ceremonies as active aircraft    .

Then one of the MD-88s begins to talk to enthusiasts: "Once Upon a Time, we were assisted by Airbus A320s and Boeing 737NGs"...

OK, just kidding

 
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Tue Jun 17, 2014 3:12 pm

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 2):
First flew on DL when I was a couple weeks old

as did I.   

I can recall my parents pulling me uphill on DC-3's as a toddler.   

I have had such a rich history with the Company, growing up in Atlanta back in the day. Flew on just about every aircraft the Company ever operated during the "Golden Age" of American Commercial Aviation History. I feel so fortunate.

I have too many stories to tell.I could write a book. Some wonderful experiences, and I can say I have NEVER had a "bad" flight on a DL aircraft. There has been mx and wx issues galore, but nothing over the years to cause me to shy away. I have NEVER even had a piece of lost luggage! I have had wonderful relationships with countless Company employees. I could go on and on.

Congratulations to the DL family past and present! You do a great job IMO!   
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Tue Jun 17, 2014 3:35 pm

I remember (circa 1989 or so) being the first passengers who used a first class award ticket to BKK on Delta. We flew DFW/PDX/SEL/TPE/BKK. We were the only passengers in first class from PDX to BKK.
All of the Delta people seemed very surprised that we had amassed that kind of mileage.
I remember the wonderful service and exceptionally friendly flight crews. All these years later, we still enjoy flying Delta.
Congrats on 85 years.
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:03 pm

From one old Widget to those that are still active employees, to those that we've lost along the way, to those that are still with us, active or retired, it was an honor and a privilege to work with you. A very, very Happy Birthday and here's to 85 more (I doubt if I'll be around then   , so this will have to do for then, also.



As someone else mentioned, earlier, DL was and IS a unique company. I hope that those that are still working can keep it that way. To those that disparage DL and it's "family" culture......those that think we all drink the "kool aide", you just don't get it and unless you've lived and worked it, there's no way that I can explain it. Perhaps someone else can.






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Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:34 pm

My first commercial flight was on a Delta DC-7 from Knoxville to Atlanta in 1966 shortly before the large props went away. A connection in Atlanta.....some things never change....and on to Orlando in what I remember being a DC-9 but could have been a DC-8.....my first flight in a jet. We circled ATL for an hour in the DC-7 waiting for a summer storm to clear. During that short DC-7 flight they served a box lunch to a bunch of military recruits..but not to the rest of the passengers! I still remember smelling the chicken!

Except for two flights on American and one on Eastern, all my domestic flights over 48 years have been....and continue to be on Delta. Now the total is over 1.5 million...at least in FF miles.

Several times Delta has accommodated me in ways they really didn't have to. Those times..and the people who provided them... are remembered and really appreciated. I hope to be around to celebrate their 100th anniversary.

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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:19 pm

I honestly don't remember my first DL flight. However, when I was a kid living in Tallahassee, I remember that there was no jet service from the city, so we had to take props to ATL to get anywhere. That started my love of DL. Today, I am an unapologetic DL fan, and ATL is my favorite airport. I will pay a bit more to fly DL. Their color scheme and logos have been my favorite for as long as I can remember. Their advertising is the best of any US airline right now.

I, too, hope to work for Delta some day. They are my ultimate goal for an employer. I am trying whatever I have to try to make myself appealing to Delta as an employee.

Richard Anderson is also an idol of mine. He is one of the best CEOs in the US, I think. He also is a lawyer, so there's hope for me that I can rise to that level of business even with my legal education, which I think has been a burden more than anything for me so far.

Congratulations, Delta.       Looking forward to my next flight with you and, hopefully, someday working for you.
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Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:44 pm

Having worked for a couple of different airlines in the past couple of decades, I truly feel blessed to be a part of the Delta Family. Speaking from my own work experience, it's the one company (airline or otherwise) who most closely puts into practice the corporate culture it preaches. This is a company who treats its employees well in the interest of those employees treating our customers well (and making money). I feel it works hard to foster cooperation and teamwork amongst the different work groups. I feel the company works hard to recognize each department and make them feel equally important in the ultimate goal of being a successful company (not just a successful airline). It's leaders are the kind of folks who will walk up to you in the cafeteria and ask if the seat next to you is taken and strike up a converstion. I absolutely love this airline and and am thankful for the opportunity to help it Keep Climbing.

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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:53 pm

Highlights of the celebrations:

Delta celebrated its 85th anniversary of passenger service and the grand opening of the new Delta Flight Museum with employees and government officials Tuesday at the Atlanta General Offices.

Richard was also joined by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who emphasized Delta’s economic and social impact in Georgia and how the airline has become a leader in Atlanta’s corporate community.

Gov. Deal also presented a proclamation that declared June 17 as “Delta Air Lines Day” in Georgia.

Delta’s 85th anniversary of passenger service, dating back to its first passenger flight from Dallas to Jackson, Miss., on June 17, 1929. In celebration of Delta’s anniversary, a time capsule fashioned from an aircraft galley oven filled with the Delta career memories of employees was presented and will be displayed in the museum.

Additionally, a flag will be flown over the Capitol to commemorate Delta’s 85th anniversary and the grand opening of the Delta Flight Museum.
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:08 pm

Quoting mayor (Reply 9):

spot on Mayor. We couldn't do what we do without people like you doing great things in the past. You guys set the stage for what this company is doing now.

Happy 85th Delta. Congrats to all the current employees for being around to see this, lets keep working and grinding and make 100 even better! (or in the words of Richard, keep our backpacks on)

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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Tue Jun 17, 2014 7:57 pm

85 years? That's remarkable! But, who was around to sell them second-hand planes 85 years ago?   

Seriously, Delta. Congratulations.

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Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:12 pm

My first "Delta" experience was actually with Delta Express back in April 2001, in the last few months that you were able to go to the gate without a ticket.. I struck up a conversation with a dead heading DL pilot about planes and told them that I wanted to be a pilot, turns out they let me board the plane to take a quick look around in the cockpit, and even let me sit in the Captains seat! It was my first time on an airliner, and a memory I will never forget! The 737-200 I was on, N320DL flies cargo around in Alaska now. From time to time Delta flies in charters into ISP, and every time I talk with the crew I see nothing but professionalism and a true sense of pride. As much as I "luv" WN, Delta will always have a special spot in my heart. Here is to another 85 years DL !

One final note, although we joke around with regards to some of the vintage jets DL flies, the good thing we can say is that future generations who are perhaps just getting into aviation will be able to enjoy the wonderful sounds of the JT8D engines and the sleek profile of the MD jets.After all, it will be an MD88 that brings back the guys who flew the last A330 to the desert.  
 
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:19 pm

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 2):First flew on DL when I was a couple weeks old
as did I.[/quote]

Me too! Started on -3's and moved up the food chain to -6B's and lastly -7B's before the -9's arrived. Oh how those were the days!
 
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:30 pm

My first experience with Delta, came with a trip on Hughes Airwest from YYC to GEG (and eventually leading to PHX, but I can't remember the rest of the milk run). Then came Western Airlines from YYC to GTF or SLC (depending on trip, and then on to PHX). DC-9-30/727-200/727-200 were the aircraft.

It's funny how you remember certain blips of events, mine being the AMAZING scrambled egg breakfast I had on a Western Airlines Flight. Airline food...hot & delicious (those two words certainly don't apply today! I was never able to replicate that simple dish)....

Congrats Delta on your 85th, and may you have at least 85 more!
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Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:36 pm

My first widebody flight (ATL-MCO, L1011, 1988)...my family's go-to airline on our many trips to MCO back in the 80's/90's... flying on the MD-11 out of LAX...meeting Danny Glover in F on a 757 out of SLC...riding as a pax in the back seat of a C172 into MLU and having a DL 72S on our tail and closing fast...flying DL from ATL to MSY for my wedding...flying DL to LAX to connect with TN for the honeymoon...these are just some of my memories of Delta from over the years. I don't agree with every move the airline does, but I'd be lying if I said the airline hasn't played a huge role in my life.
 
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:14 pm

If memory serves:

My first DL flight was as a child, maybe 8 years old. Mom and I were non-revving from ORD to PBI and the flight was full so the DL folks at ORD put us in F on a DL 747 to MIA where we rented a car and drove to Palm Beach. We made the nonstop from PBI to ORD on a 727-200. This was probably 1972 or '73.

I never flew DL again until about 4 years ago on a STL-DTW-RIC-ATL-STL itinerary, partly to snag one last flight on a DC-9 STL-DTW. Glad I did.

Now I have a DL Amex card with a ton of SkyMiles points on it from purchases and sign-up bonuses but I have booked upcoming DL flights STL-LGA-RIC-ATL-STL which gets me on two new types for me: the MD-90 and CR9.

Next year I plan on cashing in some of those miles to celebrate my 50th birthday in Puerto Rico.
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:21 pm

I remember when it was 50 years. Flying in DL DC-8s, DC-9s and a 727 in the summer of 1979 there were faux wood, round 'plaques' on the bulkhead in the front of each cabin commemorating 50 years of service. How young 50 looks compared to 85! LOL

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Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:31 pm

My first 747 flight was in the Spring of 1971 while in the USAF. I had to fly from San Angelo, TX via DAL to MIA for water survival school. I managed to convince the travel office to route me through ATL on Delta's 747 where I changed to a DC-8-51. From that first take off I was in love. I never thought that in just three years I would be 747 qualified and would end my career nearly 40 years later still working on the 747. The 747 was too big for DL back in '71 and they eventually got rid of them but not before I had one last chance at Braniff to deadhead on one from DFW to LAS to position for a charter--that must have been about '76 or so. And I never dreamed I would end my career working for DL.
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:36 pm

My favorite year with DL was when they offered triple miles for every flight taken. I think it was in 1988 or so. Since I was on the road with at least four flights a week, I earned some serious FF points.
 
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:36 pm

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 2):
First flew on DL when I was a couple weeks old (or around that age)

I first flew DL when I was about minus 2 months old in the fall of 1967. My paternal grandfather died in CHA and my mother was about 7 months pregnant with me in TYS. Her doctor said he didn't want her to make the 2 hour drive but she could fly. So she did, on DL. It was her first flight ever and she was alone (my father was in Chattanooga with my grandmother). On the way down she's told me it was a prop plane that 'shook like crazy when the engines started up and scared the life out of me' but that 'on the way back it was a jet and was so smooth.'

I'm assuming it was a DC-7 on the way down and a DC9-10 on the way back.

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Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:36 pm

I have unforgettable Delta DC-8 memories. Flew them several times from DAL to ATL in the 60's. As a kid, I will never forget the engine starts on that airplane. 4 separate, distinct howls. The coolest sound in the world to an 8 year old. If you haven't heard it, go to YouTube and type in DC8 startup. There is a video of a JapanAsia DC8 stretch starting. You have to wait a bit to hear them, but it sure brought back memories. The Palomar seats with the light in your seat back, the windows, which were larger than the 707. I have extremely fond memories of DL.
 
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:32 pm

.....and who can forget the Convair 880's that ...in Florida at least... upon takeoff rotation pored condensation from the overhead vents onto the unlucky ones who sat in the last few rows of coach!  Wow!
 
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Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:43 pm

My First flight on Delta was on a Convair 880 from ATL-ORD in 1970 coming home from Tech School at BIX. I used Southern to fly from GPT-ATL. and North Central to fly from ORD-SBN.

All of these airlines were later wrapped into Delta through various mergers. "Herman the Duck" still lives under the walls of the terminal in MSP.

Congrats to Delta and all their wonderful employees for a great 85 yrs.
 
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:51 pm

Quoting WesternDC6B (Reply 15):
85 years? That's remarkable! But, who was around to sell them second-hand planes 85 years ago?

You know, DL gets made fun of on here because of that but, actually, that's really only since 2000. Except for a sprinkling of used 757s and 767s bought in the 90s, most used a/c purchased by DL have been since the turn of the century.



My first flight on DL was when I flew from ORD to ATL for my interview with them in '71. I, frankly, had never heard of them before I applied for work there, but I've never regretted that decision.
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:10 am

Quoting SouthernDC9 (Reply 1):
My first flight was on Southern Airways, which became Republic, which became Northwest, which became Delta - so I definitely have a soft spot for the widget (and the red tail and the goose... and the S, I guess?).

My first airline flight was on a DL dc-9.

Connected to a Southern Martin 404. Old school. Good times.

DL has persevered, and deserves a big CONGRATS on 85 good years.  
 
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Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:15 am

Quoting mayor (Reply 9):
As someone else mentioned, earlier, DL was and IS a unique company. I hope that those that are still working can keep it that way. To those that disparage DL and it's "family" culture......those that think we all drink the "kool aide", you just don't get it and unless you've lived and worked it, there's no way that I can explain it. Perhaps someone else can.

Although we work for competing companies I know the feelings you have towards your company, livelihood, and career. WN just had it's birthday on Monday and all of those folks celebrating at the party feel the same as you and I. I do not know the culture of Delta but I do know ours and it has it's ebbs and flows but it is always about our customers (remember with us, employees are also customers, internal customers though).

My first flight on Delta was out of the fledgling DFW INTL airport around 1974, I was 12 escorting my grandmother to see her sister for the last time. Was my first ever flight and was quite enjoyable. I got to meet the Captain and visit the flight deck. I started flying a couple of years later and soloed on my 16th birthday, probably because of this previous introduction to aviation. I am a mech. but that interest in aviation came early in life.



Happy birthday Delta. "We love to fly, and it shows". I used to hear that snippet/song on KRLD radio every few minutes in the late 60's/early 70's.

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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:47 am

May 6 1984 SFO to DFW in an L1011 then B767-200 DFW to SAT.
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Congratulation to Delta on 85 years. They have been all I fly for the last 25 years!
 
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Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:18 am

Quoting OzarkD9S (Reply 20):

I am slowly turning into this. I am a year out of grad school and looking to get a new credit card. While the $95/year annual fee on the Delta AMEX card is a bit concerning, I want the SkyMiles. I am seriously looking for a July 4th-weekend trip solely for the purpose of grabbing a flight on a DL 777 from ATL-LAX (thanks to the poster who told me the 777 flies domestically, by the way).

For some reason, I have had the hankering to start seeing more airports/planes/places recently, hopefully mostly with Delta.

For some reason, DL has a poor reputation amongst people I know, as I've said here before, but I've had nothing but good experiences (that I can remember!) with them for my entire life. I really hope I get down to Atlanta someday, maybe while I am temporarily here in North Carolina, just 6 hours away as opposed to 13, to see the new museum.
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Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:35 am

Quoting cjg225 (Reply 32):


While the $95/year annual fee on the Delta AMEX card is a bit concerning, I want the SkyMiles.

The fee pays for itself if you get the gold card, with first piece of baggage free, plus discounts on day passes to the DL clubs. I've pretty much turned the card into my everyday card, hardly ever use my debit card unless I need cash. The miles add up fairly quickly and every payday I pay it off.

I belong to two FF plans, DL and WN. The last couple of times I flew WN I charged the tickets on the DL card and got points put in both programs. When I buy things online I try to purchase them through WN's RR shopping partners on the DL card and get double points that way as well! I only fly about 2-3 times a year, strictly for pleasure but I still manage to get rewards tickets often enough to make it all worthwhile.
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Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:19 am

Convair 880 June 1965. Miami-ORD nonstop. Hard to believe that is only a year short of 50 years!
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:30 am

Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 7):
Some wonderful experiences

O.k., a flood of memories just thinking about it for a while.

My parents liked to sit in the back of the old one-class piston powered planes when I was a kid. Not me. Especially on a Company DC-7, I liked rows three and four. On a night flight 4D was my seat.(I always preferred the right side of the plane because the left side of each engine had two stacks!) I may not have been able to see much action on the ground at night but right outside my window was enough to keep me occupied. Starting #3 and #4 was usually enough to bathe my window in fire and smoke. If I was lucky there was a first-time flyer sitting right behind me who would freak out and scream. On take-off the fires would extend way back over the wing. The fires also used to throw out just enough light to see the cowl-flaps close and open as needed. Leaning-out the flame to a nice blue fire was a real comforting sight. Waiting to see what would happen when the THUD of High-Blower was selected was a thrill not appreciated by many. In those days if you DIDN'T see fire there was something wrong!

During the daytime the climb-out was usually slow and laborious. The view from those big square windows was great. It took quite a while to reach cruise altitude so you really could see a lot on the ground. Once at altitude it seemed as though the plane was hovering as the ground passed by (seemingly) so slowly. Landing was fun too. You were usually down to just a few hundred feet at the outer-marker so you had a great view coming in. Arriving from NY we would often get a great view of Stone Mountain as we were barely higher than the top of it ourselves on the way into the airport. Sometimes we would approach from the west and fly east right down over Virginia Avenue for a fantastic view (when sitting on the right of the plane) of the (Quonset Hut) Airport terminal and zoom across College Park to make a descending right leg and land to the west.

Those were the days!   
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:47 am

My first Delta flight was on a DC8 in 1966 on my way to my first year of college at Tulane. Since then, I've flown their DC8's (regular and stretch), DC9's, CV 880's, B 727's, 767's, TriStars, 747-100's, as well as 737-200's, -300's, 800's, and MD88's and MD90's. Not counting aircraft from Northeast, Northwest, and Western (too young to remember C&S). Great company, Great Airline. Happy Birthday, Delta!
 
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:48 am

Quoting mayor (Reply 28):
You know, DL gets made fun of on here because of that but, actually, that's really only since 2000. Except for a sprinkling of used 757s and 767s bought in the 90s, most used a/c purchased by DL have been since the turn of the century.

Delta also took some second hand L1011s. I believe AC, EA, and PA all had frames end up at Delta.

and at least 1 of the EA planes came to TOC for Overhaul/indoc/etc and it was full of coke(i think it was coke).
 
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:27 am

Quoting Deltal1011man (Reply 37):
Delta also took some second hand L1011s. I believe AC, EA, and PA all had frames end up at Delta.

Yeah.....I forgot about those. Ironically, the PA Tristars were looked at by DL and rejected and then, after UA bought PA's Pacific Division (including the Tristars). UA then refurbished those a/c, DL took a look, again, and bought some of them.
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Wed Jun 18, 2014 5:02 am

Quoting mayor (Reply 38):
Quoting mayor (Reply 38):
Yeah.....I forgot about those. Ironically, the PA Tristars were looked at by DL and rejected and then, after UA bought PA's Pacific Division (including the Tristars). UA then refurbished those a/c, DL took a look, again, and bought some of them.


These 1011's were call the PUD's-Pan Am United Delta.
EA's were domestic models and AC's were the -500's.
All were nice to fly on but mostly a pain to work on. I flew one of the last revenue flights PBI-ATL and also the retirement flight ATL-VCV with the aerial tour of the Grand Canyon.

Congrats on 85 years. My first flight on DL was DAL-ATL-CHS in 1963 then memorable flights to Army training DFW-ATL-CAE (DC-8). DL has also provided a roof over my head and food on my table for over the last 25 years. As of this June, I have more than half of my life dedicated to DL. I was here for the 60th the 85th and now we all march onwards to 100!!!

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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:19 pm

Quoting Deltal1011man (Reply 37):
and at least 1 of the EA planes came to TOC for Overhaul/indoc/etc and it was full of coke(i think it was coke).

Of course it was! Just listen to the announcements on every flight. "We offer coke products..."
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:23 pm

Quoting ozark1 (Reply 25):
I will never forget the engine starts on that airplane. 4 separate, distinct howls.

In the early 1970's one could walk up and down either of DL concourses during a push and hear -8's howling everywhere. I liked to sit in a gate in one of the Rotunda's and take in the howling. Pretty cool, and those old gates at ATL let lots of sound in! Plus there were windows placed so that you could stand there in the concourse and look directly into the cockpit of the aircraft parked at that gate. Your face was only about ten feet from the cockpit!

The last time I flew on a DC-8-50 series aircraft (summer of '77 I think) I had booked ATL-TPA which showed as a non-stop in the schedule-----but it made a "flag-stop" at MCO. We had a late afternoon departure from ATL. As the pneumatic starters howled we pushed-back from one of the concourse gates. I was at a window in the last row in First on the right side so I had a great view of #3 and #4. The aircraft had a pretty good load to MCO. As it was evening when we began our let-down to MCO we were dodging some pretty nasty looking thunderheads. With the inboards in reverse thrust we began diving in for a landing. Some turbulence but not bad. It was raining as we touched down.

To my surprise the aircraft emptied out at MCO and no one boarded for the short hop to TPA! I had been keeping a watchful eye on the threatening thunderheads which were numerous by the time we pushed-back and headed for a runway.
One of the F/A's came and sat with me as I was the only pax left on the flight.
We took off like a Saturn V rocket (we were so light) and began threading our way through the storms all the way to final approach at TPA. Again we used a good amount of reverse thrust during our let down to TPA and I have a memory ingrained in my head of the thunderheads we dove past on the way in, the engines swinging sideways in their nacelles.Later on that evening I met some of the crew in the revolving restaurant atop the Marriot Hotel there at the airport and we had a great dinner.

Thanks to DL my last flight on a "short" -8 was great!   
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:06 pm

I always remember Delta as the airline with the multiple liveries at the same time. The widget was the best IMO.

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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:22 pm

I grew up flying DL from early 1980s though today. Those early flights on 727s, DC-9s and L-1011's were the flights that cemented my fascination of all things aviation! Some of those flights remain some of my earliest memories.

While still my preferred airline because of my frequent flier miles, I'm sad to say the current DL is only a shadow of its former self. These days, it doesn't matter if you're on a legacy or LCC, pretty much they're all the same. At least if you fly coach.

For myself, the latest destruction of the image of Delta was the gradual transformation and eventual retirement of the classic DL widget. The most current livery is o.k., but other then the Delta title on the aircraft, there's little visible branding of the airline I once knew.

Fortunately, DL is one of the few US airlines that I can still fly on the relatively classic metal I grew up with. The 727s, etc. are gone, but there's still the MD-88s that I'll go out of my way to ride on when I need to go somewhere. I regret not flying on more classics before they were retired from US fleets over the last decade. Because of this, I try to fly on as many MD-80s I can while they're still active. It's one of the few jets that still sounds like what a jet is suppose to sound like in my opinion.

This is my prize piece of DL memorabilia that hangs in my garage.

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It was part of the signage behind the DL check-in desk at PWM from the late 1970's-1998. I found it in the storage room of the DL station here back in 2000 when I did a short stint working the ramp. The station manager said I could have it, so it has hung in my garage since.







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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:31 pm

Delta own a very large space in my heart. I remember thinking nothing much of them until April 2011 when, whilst working as a flight attendant, I ended up being put on an Atlanta trip. I had just moved house and was extremely nonchalant about visiting Atlanta which at the time was nothing more to me than the location of the World's Busiest Airport. I sat in the flight deck for landing and upon arrival, I was amazed by the sheer number of Delta Jets parked up at the Airport's numerous gates (one of the first things I saw was the FLY DELTA JETS sign as we touched down on runway 26R).

That night, the crew went out for drinks at Joe's on Juniper and I sparked up conversation with a very attractive guy at the bar. We quickly became best friends and a year later I left London and began commuting between ATL and LHR. I normally used my own airline to fly across the pond, but there were multiple times where I used one of the DL services thanks to a friend out in Atlanta who worked for the airline. I adored the company, the staff were usually friendly and cracked a few jokes. It was always nice to see the city skyline from the window as the Widget flew me in.

Now, although I'm not flying anymore, I've made it back to the ATL a couple of times thanks to Delta. Every time I see their tail rocketing down the runway and taking to the skies, I send my love back to my second home.

Here's to another 85 years Delta, Keep Climbing!

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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Wed Jun 18, 2014 5:09 pm

My first Delta trip was to ATL for an interview with Delta as a ticket agent. I had two interviews at ORD and the interviewer explained that I'd be doing six months on the ramp and then move up to the ticketing desk. I told him I was very interested. A week later I get called back for another interview. After an assortment of questions this interviewer asked me how'd I'd like to go to ATL for the final interview. I told him I certainly would!

The trip was on a DC-8-61 and a CV-880 coming back. In first class no less. The F/A's were joking with me and wished me the best of luck on the interview. When I did the interview in ATL the interviewer asked me about college (I was 20 at the time) and I told her I had completed two years so far and planned on finishing later even thinking about majoring in aviation. The next thing she said was "It's time to get you back to Chicago". and that was it. I never heard from them again. Oh well, I guess they didn't want me to go back to school. I guess I must have done something right to get as far as a third interview in ATL. I eventually did getting a degree in Professional Aviation and Aviation Management.

But I later interviewed with United. They sent me a letter later stating that "We don't hire people who are interested in aviation."
Which I found very strange.
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Wed Jun 18, 2014 5:11 pm

Quoting type-rated (Reply 45):
But I later interviewed with United. They sent me a letter later stating that "We don't hire people who are interested in aviation."

It shows, too.
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RE: Delta Celebrates 85 Years Of Passenger Service

Wed Jun 18, 2014 6:07 pm

Quoting type-rated (Reply 45):

It's funny.......I had ONE interview in Chicago and they called me back to go to ATl for an interview. I did that, came home and they called me on Friday and said that my orientation class started on the following Monday. This was in ' 71.
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