Delta’s New Flight Museum

Delta Atlanta Airport

Did you hear the one about an engineer, a lawyer and a PR pro debating the parting of the Red Sea? The engineer says it’s doable, the lawyer says she can stonewall any lawsuits and the PR flack promises two pages in the Old Testament.

I joke to disguise my pain because the PR department at Delta Air Lines never return my calls. Not even a “Yo” from some intern. You’d think I was just one of the hordes of bloggers banging out copy in my pajamas while rewriting other reporters’ work. Running it past my dog before hitting send on WordPress.

If you think that then you should know my dog’s name is Bella.

(I remember my special someone’s first day as a reporter at USA Today. I asked how it went and she responded with “people return your phone calls.”)

Note to Delta PR: It’s 2014 and it’s happening here at FlyerTalk. Newspapers have been gutted. Stop crawling through the wreckage. The diaper was breached. Threads around here are self-cleansing. We got everything but salaries.

But all that is by the by. It’s what reporters call burying the lead. The news is next. And it’s worthy of two full screens of pixels, which Delta’s not getting because of the phone call thing.

Seriously, hats off to Delta Air Lines. Congratulations. You’ve just celebrated 85 years of passenger service and opened the door on a new Delta Flight Museum.

It’s housed in Delta’s two original maintenance hangars that date from the 1940s. The neighborhood was designated a Historic Aerospace Site in 2011. It’s worth remembering Delta started out as a crop-dusting operation in the rural South. I guess they didn’t have Silicon Valley garages back then.

We’re told the new temple to the past “traces Delta’s history and the development of commercial aviation.”

The airline’s first passenger service happened June 17, 1929. A flight from Dallas to Jackson, Miss. I’m assuming it did not cause the crippling stock market crash of that year but I’m unable to confirm it with a PR person at Delta.

“This museum is a testament to the rich history and unique culture of Delta, which has always been deeply rooted in our people,” wrote a whip-smart PR person in the press release before attributing it to Richard Anderson, Delta’s chief executive officer.

Apparently the new museum has a lot of neat stuff like five historic aircraft, including a Travel Air 6B Sedan similar to the one used on that first 1929 passenger flight. Too bad everything in the museum is so old. Nonetheless, even Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal yammered about Delta at Tuesday’s grand opening celebration.

Surrounding the gov was a 117-seat theater and a 30-seat conference room inside the fuselage of an L-1011 TriStar aircraft. Nearby is the cockpit of a Convair 880 jet. Visitors get to pilot a Boeing 737-200 full-motion simulator once used to train pilots.

I could go on, but you get the idea.

The Tarmac’s View:  That’s all you get, Delta. Readers must now fend for themselves on the museum’s website at deltamuseum.org.

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