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Delta museum has big grand opening


By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

  A number of dignitaries and hundreds of interested visitors were on hand June 17 for the official grand opening of the Delta Flight Museum adjacent to the airline’s headquarters and Harts-field-Jackson International Air-port.

Attendees at the Delta Flight Museum official grand opening browse memorabilia displaying decades of Delta history.                                             Photo by Monroe Roark

  Delta CEO Richard Anderson was joined by Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, both of whom spoke glowingly of Delta’s positive impact on the economy of the city, the state and the region.

  Amid the aircraft and other memorabilia on display depicting decades of history, more than a dozen people walked the hangar before the ceremony and lined the stage during the event wearing company attire from various periods in Delta’s past. The grand opening event took place on the 85th anniversary of Delta’s first commercial flight.

  Among those in attendance was Bill Love, a Delta retiree and Henry County resident who has spent a great deal of time volunteering at the museum and continues to enjoy being involved in its evolution. He spent 34 years as a Delta employee in various departments before retiring in 2001.

  The museum started with just one or two planes, including a DC-3 that some retired mechanics worked on in their free time, Love said.

  From time to time the museum will host a sale of memorabilia that collectors might be interested in, and the funds raised at those events helps keep the museum going, he added.

  Love has quite a collection of Delta-related items himself.

  “I’ve been collecting Delta pins and buttons for years,” he said. “Even though I’m not working there now, when new ones come in people try to hold them for me or send them to me. I have cases filled with them.”

  At one time he had one of the largest collections of junior wings in existence, he added.

  The museum’s organizers hope to see many people not affiliated with the airline get a better understanding of its history through the facility. Delta employees and retirees have been able to bring family and friends there so more people can be introduced to the museum before its opening to the general public.

  In the near future the museum will have its own parking area and gate so that visitors can have an easier time getting in and out rather than navigating the tight security of employee areas, Love said.

  Hundreds of Delta employees and retirees live in Henry County, which means many local residents will likely be interested in the museum’s contents, according to Love, who knows several Delta families in his own subdivision and nearby.

  Patrons can purchase commemorative bricks for the museum’s courtyard as a way to give financially to the facility. Complete information on tickets and operating hours can be found at



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