danman132x
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Delta Airlines Museum Atlanta with a special surprise. Got to see Ed Bastian at the museum!

Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:29 pm

Hello all, this is my first trip report I'm posting here. I took a trip to Atlanta for a few things, mainly to stop at Six Flags and Ikea, however being a huge aviation geek I HAD to stop by the Delta Museum. On this particular trip I did not fly in so I hope it will be okay to post since it's aviation related and definitely think it's pretty cool and worth the post!

Little late posting, but the trip was taken on May 22nd, 2018. I wanted to get around to posting it earlier but have been very busy. The museum and planes were really cool to see but I had a huge surprise while there and got to see Mr. Ed Bastian do a small press conference! I'm sure the odds of that happening again are slim to none.

The museum has a good amount of planes to see including the first ever 747-400 ever built, a 757 on display coming in, the "Spirit of Delta" 767, a DC-9-50 and a few older propeller planes and a bunch of small displays.

You can click on the pictures to view larger sizes on my Flickr page

Coming into Georgia
Image20180520_135304 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Coming in under runway 10/28, I-285 Northbound
Image20180520_145833 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Image20180520_145845 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Looks like the main entrance to the delta HQ
Image20180522_115915 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Pulling up, still behind the fence though.
Image20180522_120012 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Image20180522_120120 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Love the look of the 757. Very dominant coming into the side gate here
Aircraft N608DA, delivered to delta May 31, 1985
Image20180522_120021 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

After a brief stop at the security booth, they gave us some stickers and let us pass. Finally here!
Image20180522_120532 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Pretty nice landing gear display before entering the museum. Not sure what aircraft type it's from
Image20180522_120650 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

First thing you see coming into the museum, right before the security check. Pretty cool, same fan inlet I've seen used in some photo-shoots of the new uniforms!
Image20180522_120826 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Another view from the side
Image20180522_120853 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Heading out, I stop at the McDonnell Douglas DC-9-50 first. Reg N675MC. Looking at a registration site, it's had quite the history with a good number of carriers!
Image20180522_121455 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Closeup of the engine
Image20180522_121603 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Finally the 747. It was hard to get a good side profile of the plane without objects in the way sadly.
N661US
first flight April 29, 1988. First passenger 747-400 built, final flight Sept 9, 2015 from Honolulu to Atlanta
Image20180522_121500 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Look at that wing!
Image20180522_121737 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Image20180522_121757 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Couple engine shots
Image20180522_121812 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Just for scale, I'm 6'5" tall
Image20180522_122014 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Image20180522_122211 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Heading inside. I always have to duck!
Image20180522_122247 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

One of the first views when stepping on the plane
Image20180522_122339 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Same seats from the front
Image20180522_122906 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Looking to the very front of the plane
Image20180522_122405 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Image20180522_125231 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Here we have a couple views looking back from the very front
Image20180522_122540 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Image20180522_122825 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

These seats are very nice! I fit right in at 6'5". If only I could always fly in business/first class :D
Image20180522_122739 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Seat room in the above shown seats, looks about like comfort plus spacing here as in Delta's main cabin my legs bump up to the seat in front of me completely
Image20180522_123007 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Quick look at one of the downstairs lavatories
Image20180522_122857 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Moving along, a look at the stairs
Image20180522_123021 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Image20180522_123055 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Looking down towards the cockpit on the upper deck
Image20180522_123726 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

and towards the rear
Image20180522_123545 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Many many pilots have been behind the controls here...
Image20180522_123318 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Image20180522_123417 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Nice look out of the cockpit window
Image20180522_123429 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Nice crew rest right up next to the cockpit. Had no idea this existed
Image20180522_123509 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Me in the jumpseat right up front. Really quite an honor to be sitting here, even though it is part of the museum now.
Image20180522_123406 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Heading back, you get a nice overview of the plane since the walls have been removed in places
Image20180522_123732 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Looking towards the rear
Image20180522_123838 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

The size of this next system that they show through the glass for is just amazing. Huge air ducts. As a passenger, you never know all of this is right below your feet.
Image20180522_123855 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Image20180522_123928 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Image20180522_123847 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Looking back towards the front
Image20180522_123950 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Image20180522_123955 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

View of one of the emergency exit doors. I love how it shows the slide packed away in the door, as normally this is covered with a big white piece of plastic
Image20180522_124521 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

The pressure dome at the rear of the aircraft
Image20180522_124751 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Image20180522_124743 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Stairs heading up to a hidden crew rest at the rear of the aircraft. Again, another thing I totally didn't know existed. Very neat
Image20180522_124833 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Image20180522_124911 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

My 6'5" frame in the stairs shows just how small they are.
Image20180522_124822 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Small elevator to the bottom
Image20180522_123807 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

A facts sheet. Might be hard to see here on the PC, but you should be able to make the picture larger by checking it out on flickr
Image20180522_124555 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Same plane, before as Northwest Airlines
Image20180522_125148 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Image20180522_123830 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Looking outside over the parking lot
Image20180522_124124 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

A much better view of N608DA taken from the 747
Image20180522_123700 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Back outside, here are a couple views of the landing gear
Image20180522_121844 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Just check out all of those hydraulic lines
Image20180522_121859 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Once all finished up in the 747 exhibit, we went ahead and walked back inside the museum. The first part you walk into is called the Prop Era
Image20180522_130137 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Delta DC-3 Ship 41
Image20180522_130608 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Image20180522_130424 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Another propeller plane. I didn't get the make and model of this plane though. I wanted to go straight to the jets again :oops:
Image20180522_130557 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Image20180522_130548 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Passage to the jet area of the museum
Image20180522_130839 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

The first plane you see here is this amazing 767. One of my favorite planes and this one looks absolutely great in this livery. This plane has been painted in quite a few liveries but I have to say, this is my favorite Delta livery.. This particular one was the "goodwill ambassador" of the fleet, and had a special paint scheme for the 1996 Olympics and has been in airshows.
Some facts from the stat board for this plane
Boeing 767-232 Ship 102 - Registration N102DA - Manufactured Oct 27, 1982
2x General Electric CF6-80A
Total flight time 70,697 hours
Image20180522_130912 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Image20180522_131128 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Couple nice shots of the CF6-80A
Image20180522_131242 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Image20180522_131738 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

A final tail view
Image20180522_131810 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

The next two photos are of a couple engines they had on display
Image20180522_131521 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

JT3D-3 from a Delta Douglas DC-8-61
Image20180522_131532 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

This next part has to be one of the coolest parts of my visit. I spotted Ed Bastian getting ready for a press conference of sorts. Now I do not know which one this was for, as I was unable to find a video online of this particular meeting. I snapped a few photos from a distance, but didn't want to make it very obvious and get closer. There were a few security people and big wigs around.
This was pretty amazing to see him in person. I know not a huge deal, but Delta is my favorite airlines and its not everyday you get to see the CEO of a big company. If you want to zoom in closer, just click on the picture or link
Appearing to rehears some lines
Image20180522_131606 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Image20180522_131632 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Image20180522_131844 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Image20180522_131946 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Continuing on, they have a flight simulator for a 737-200. It costs about 400 dollars to try it out though, so I had to pass it up :( Would've loved to try it out
Image20180522_132002 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

For the final part of this visit, we go inside the 767. The interior has come a long way, but I kind of miss this old style. It remind me flying as a child and growing up as I have flown quite a good bit in my life.
Image20180522_132159 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Image20180522_132659 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

First class seating!
Image20180522_132546 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

Decent amount of legroom
Image20180522_132555 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

And finally we have a cockpit shot
Image20180522_132415 by Daniel Rivera, on Flickr

I really hope you have enjoyed this trip report. While not taking a flight for this particular trip, I feel it's worth the post since it's aviation related and also got to see Ed Bastian. Maybe next time I will post one from one of my flights to Europe as I always take many pictures.

Thank you!
 
Redwood839
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Re: Delta Airlines Museum Atlanta with a special surprise. Got to see Ed Bastian at the museum!

Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:40 pm

Really cool shots and very interesting thank you.

I agree that some people might not get excited about seeing a CEO of a major airline, but I think I would've gotten excited too!
 
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Re: Delta Airlines Museum Atlanta with a special surprise. Got to see Ed Bastian at the museum!

Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:49 pm

Great photos! My wife and I visited the museum while on a long layover at ATL back in 2015. It's too bad the 747 was not there yet - would love to see this and walk inside!

All best - Matthew
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Re: Delta Airlines Museum Atlanta with a special surprise. Got to see Ed Bastian at the museum!

Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:58 pm

Great report Daniel!! Nice to see something different. Loved all the great pics. looks like you had a lot of fun. Good job!
 
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Re: Delta Airlines Museum Atlanta with a special surprise. Got to see Ed Bastian at the museum!

Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:10 pm

Fantastic photos/report! I need to go back, as I visited the old museum and had a blast but haven't been back since the renovations.
RIP McDonnell Douglas
 
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Re: Delta Airlines Museum Atlanta with a special surprise. Got to see Ed Bastian at the museum!

Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:42 pm

Excellent report!!
 
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Re: Delta Airlines Museum Atlanta with a special surprise. Got to see Ed Bastian at the museum!

Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:04 pm

Did you go to the gift store? They used to have the best vintage stuff there and cheap. I bought a Western Airlines cup & saucer for $3. The gift store used to be inside part of an L-1011.
 
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Re: Delta Airlines Museum Atlanta with a special surprise. Got to see Ed Bastian at the museum!

Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:21 am

Great report, and it is VERY cool that you got to see Ed Bastian!
Going for great
 
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Re: Delta Airlines Museum Atlanta with a special surprise. Got to see Ed Bastian at the museum!

Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:14 pm

Great report! It's so cool you were able to meet Mr. Bastian! I visited last year on a layover and I had an amazing time as well.
P.S. Those nose gears outside the building are from 757s.
 
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Re: Delta Airlines Museum Atlanta with a special surprise. Got to see Ed Bastian at the museum!

Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:39 am

make sure you attend the annual airline collectible show there on October 6th! great show for all to experience.
 
danman132x
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Re: Delta Airlines Museum Atlanta with a special surprise. Got to see Ed Bastian at the museum!

Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:56 pm

Thank you for the kind words everyone! Didn't expect this thread to get so many replies :)

crownvic wrote:
make sure you attend the annual airline collectible show there on October 6th! great show for all to experience.

I won't be there sadly :( live down in the panhandle of Florida.

FlightLevel360 wrote:
Great report! It's so cool you were able to meet Mr. Bastian! I visited last year on a layover and I had an amazing time as well.
P.S. Those nose gears outside the building are from 757s.

That's pretty neat, didn't know that, thank you.

Ionosphere wrote:
Did you go to the gift store? They used to have the best vintage stuff there and cheap. I bought a Western Airlines cup & saucer for $3. The gift store used to be inside part of an L-1011.

I did go through the store. Didn't buy anything, but they had lots of interesting items, including the vintage style coffee cups. I would've loved a modern delta logo cup but they didn't have any like that. Lots of cool plane models also for kids
 
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Re: Delta Airlines Museum Atlanta with a special surprise. Got to see Ed Bastian at the museum!

Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:55 pm

Wow, this is amazing. Truly amazing. I might have to do a little mileage run and go check this place out. After all, I've probably flown Delta more than any other airline in my life so I suppose I should pay my respects. I've also never been on board a 747 before. Now's my chance.
 
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Re: Delta Airlines Museum Atlanta with a special surprise. Got to see Ed Bastian at the museum!

Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:46 am

Great report and photos. I went to the museum several months ago and highly recommend but of course the report conveys that. Nice job and thank you.

I took some video of the museum visit if anyone interested - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0mug1w ... u.be&t=243

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