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Delta Flight Museum, Atlanta

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The Delta Flight Museum is an aviation and corporate museum located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, near the airline's main hub at the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The museum is housed in two 1940s-era Delta Air Lines maintenance hangars, which were used until the 1960s when the Delta Technical Operations Center, formerly known as the Jet Base, was completed. The museum is a nonprofit organization and relies on volunteers, donations, special event rentals and Museum Store sales. The Delta Museum is considered an ongoing project and it collects various items year round.The museum opened to the general public in June 2014. Prior to that, Delta employee ID or prior arrangement was required to access the campus in which the museum is located.OriginsThe idea for a Delta museum originated when a group of retirees started a campaign to find one of Delta's Douglas DC-3's in 1990. After some searching, the employees struck gold when they found DL Ship 41, Delta's first DC-3 to carry passengers, in Puerto Rico performing cargo services. The group bought the plane from the cargo airline and the Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum was started. From 1993 to 1999, the plane was painstakingly restored to its 1940's condition by active and retired Delta mechanics. Ship 41 is considered the most perfectly restored passenger transport DC-3 in the world. In 2001, Delta Ship 41 was the winner of the first National Trust for Historic Preservation award presented to an aircraft.
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  • I went with a friend of mine who like myself flies often on Delta. To have the ability to see and hear the history of Delta was really enjoyable. Don't skip seeing the movie in the prop area as it was...  more »
  • Great way to spend a couple of hours. Staff very helpful and even ran into a couple of Delta pilots visiting that were more than happy to talk with us. Very informative and fun way to learn the histor...  more »
  • Visiting the Delta Flight Museum had been on our son's list for some time - and we enjoyed it. Toured the exhibits and the 747.  more »
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  • A must-see for any aviation enthusiast in Atlanta. Indoors, there are planes from Delta's early history, including an immaculate DC-3, and a 767 in the other hangar that's now an exhibit space. And then there are all sorts of other little goodies - flight attendant uniforms, old brochures, and everything else you'd find on a historic airliner. It really makes you feel like you were there. Outside, across the parking lot, is the first 747-400 ever built! You can go inside to see the first class cabin and a cutaway showing just how massive the hull is.
  • Aviation Fans: your winged bucket list must land here! See it all for $15 admission, but extras include Free guided tours on Tuesdays, $120 private tours, $450 60-min 737 Flight Sim Experience (Full Motion)! What is now Delta Airlines has been at the center of air transportation since the industry's beginning and you can see, touch and sit in the whole history at this wonderful museum!
  • Wonderful experience! The staff members were helpful and knowledgeable. I brought 5 family members from out of town and they were impressed. I am proud to have worked for the greatest airline in the world for 35 years! Charlene Adcock Flight Attendant Class 10/03/1977
  • Great displays, enjoyed the Boeing 747 Experience and revisiting the early aviation history. Friendly, courteous volunteer docents and employees. Free parking and several discount ts such as veteran. Had a great time!
  • If you love aviation, this is a must. Awesome exhibits and the first 747 built exhibition is fascinating. Friendly staff and cool gift shop.

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Most of Atlanta's top hotels cluster in a downtown area with an easy-to-remember name--the Hotel District. The city's political and commercial hub, this area offers quick walking access to most major attractions. Another good area for boutique hotels and rental apartments is the ever-expanding Midtown, with proximity to most of Atlanta's big-name museums and theaters. If you're looking to save some money on accommodations, explore options in the more economical chain hotels outside downtown; from there, you can take the city's public transport to centrally located attractions and activities.
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