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Delta Salutes Aviation at Atlanta Air Show

Delta Air Lines will pay tribute to the
wonder of flight at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Atlanta Air Show May 8 -
9, 2004, by showcasing three of its historic aircraft for thousands of
aviation industry enthusiasts. This is the first time Delta has displayed
a triad of historic aircraft at an Atlanta-area air show.
As the official airline sponsor, Atlanta’s hometown airline will take air
show attendees on a walk through civilian aircraft history with its
original 1929 Travel Air, a beautifully-restored 1940s era DC-3, and its
first Boeing 767, the Spirit of Delta. Delta people will provide tours of
the aircraft and free souvenir photographs taken inside one of the 767
engines that can be downloaded from its Website. Additionally,
Delta will show a tribute video to America’s military onboard its 767

The Spirit of Delta’s new commemorative paint scheme, a recreation of
Delta’s original DC-3 livery of 1940, celebrates the airline’s 75th
anniversary year. On June 1, 1929, Delta’s first passenger flight took off
from Dallas’ Love Field to Jackson, Miss., in the six-seat Travel Air. A
year later, Delta began passenger service to Atlanta. Delta moved its
headquarters from Monroe, La. to Atlanta in 1941 where it now operates
more than 900 daily flights and employs 28,000 airline professionals.

Delta purchased the Travel Air in 1985 from Delta Captain Doug Rounds, who
restored the aircraft with family and friends between 1975 and 1983. The
DC-3 aircraft was refurbished and rechristened in October 1999. The Spirit
of Delta, the airline’s first 767 aircraft, was purchased with voluntary
contributions from employees, retirees and Delta’s community partners and
unveiled in a ceremony in Atlanta on Dec. 15, 1982.