The Delta Heritage Museum serves the family and friends of Delta Air Lines by collecting, preserving and presenting the history of Delta and its affiliated airlines in ways that are interactive, educational, and engaging.
In 1990, a group of Delta retirees launched an effort to locate one of Delta's first 1940s Douglas DC-3 aircraft. This combined with an effort to consolidate Delta's memorabilia and archival collections, created a groundswell of support that expanded into a museum.
The goal of the museum is to collect, preserve, and present the history of Delta Air Lines in ways that educate and engage. We serve Delta employees and families, Delta friends, local community organizations and non-profits, and academic researchers.
On May 23, 1995, the Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum, Inc. was incorporated as an independent nonprofit corporation, organized exclusively for public charitable uses and purposes and qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. If you would like to make a contribution to the museum, please view our Get Involved page.
The Museum's collections and facilities include:
* The Spirit of Delta, Delta’s first 767. Bought by employees, retirees, and friends and donated to Delta in 1982. Interior contains two exhibitions.
* “Ship 41”, the first DC-3 to carry Delta passengers. Restored by volunteers and a core mechanic team, 1993-1999. Winner in 2001 of the first National Trust for Historic Preservation award presented to an aircraft.
* A 1931 Travel Air, symbolizing Delta's first passenger aircraft.
* A 1936 Stinson Reliant SE. Nicknamed the “Gull Wing,” this unique aircraft served as an instrument trainer for Northeast Airlines pilots in 1941-1942.
* Professionally managed archives of artifacts related to Delta and its ancestor airlines. The Archives maintains over 200,000 images, 1,000 films, and one of the world's largest airline uniform collections in a museum.
* Aviation reference library.
* Temporary exhibits.
* Replica of the first Delta station in Monroe, Louisiana.
* An 800-square-foot museum shop, housed in a redesigned section of the hull of the first L-1011 ever built.
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