Aviation Photo #6219983 Douglas DC-7B - Delta Air Lines

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New paint on a classic bird headed to preservation at the Delta museum on the north side of ATL airport. She really looks great!
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    Ryan Patterson
    Delta Air Lines
    Douglas DC-7B
    Douglas DC-7
    Douglas DC-7
    Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson Int (The William B Hartsfield / Municipal / Candler Field)
    November 7, 2020
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Unknown State, Unknown
2 years ago
“Delta Airlines” above the cabin door. Fix that paint shop!
Minnesota, USA
2 years ago
Should read Delta Air Lines. Delta's current employees should know better. Delta's official name still is Delta Air Lines.
Of note this aircraft is only restored cosmetically for static display only. It used the same N-number, N4887C, from when Delta first operated it and up until now when Delta got it back.
2 years ago
And it is still on the FAA Registry until 12.31.2022.
Tennessee, USA
2 years ago
What a beautiful aircraft. She is from the days of slide rules and Friden rotary calculators. So many variations in shape and design philosophy back then.
3.8K   Spain
2 years ago
Great shot !
Georgia, USA
2 years ago
Actually the Delta Airlines is accurate. Go to 7:40 of this video https://youtu.be/VcCj_CiLZi4
Unknown State, Unknown
2 years ago
Weird. Photo #0182959 in this database shows three words.

Update: Apparently, the original Douglas livery drawings showed “Airlines” above the door. The paint shop followed the original drawings exactly. Will be changed to “Air Lines” soon according to the Delta Museum.
Arizona, USA
2 years ago
Ryan, thank you for posting that photo. She looks simply beautiful. I began photographing 87C in 2004, at Coolidge Municipal Airport, here in Arizona. During the second restoration effort (the 2019 restoration to ferriable condition for return to DAL) I took well over 3,000 photographs of the work in progress. In 2018 a gentleman in Atlanta, GA, saw some of my earlier photographs of 87C on Facebook and asked to use them to show an acquaintance at the Delta Flight Museum. This man was able to bring the museum and the (then) owners of 87C together. He saved this airplane because, according to sources at the owning company, 87C was within weeks of being scrapped-out. I was very fortunate to be able to photo document the herculean restoration work done by the (then) owner's expert mechanics and contractors from February to July in 2019. I grew-up around airplanes, so I am no stranger to aircraft maintenance, but this restoration was one incredibly huge and complex undertaking. 87C had not flown since at least 2004, and while on a paved ramp at Coolidge, it was still open desert storage. There were only four men (with occasional helpers) that did the vast majority of work. But they were four extremely knowledgeable men. It was a great adventure watching 87C being brought back to life, and so gratifying to see your photo.
Unknown State, Unknown
2 years ago
The Delta Flight Museum has known about 87C for a long time. Years ago, a museum representative told me that acquisition cost of the airplane was the problem. Makes me wonder if those “Hops in the Hangar” events hosted by the museum helped them get this airplane.

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