December 15, 1982: A Special Day for Delta Air Lines
The nearly impossible goal became a reality on December 15, 1982 when Delta employees gathered at the Technical Operations Center in Atlanta, Georgia to present the company with its first Boeing 767, Ship 102. Christened The Spirit of Delta, the aircraft was unveiled before thousands of employees and the international media. This historic aircraft, a visual symbol of that which makes Delta unique, has served as an ambassador of the Delta culture for over 23 years by displaying special liveries commemorating the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and Delta's 75th Anniversary in 2004.
The Spirit of Delta's Farewell Tour, February 21-March 6, 2006
After 23 years of service, The Spirit of Delta has retired. To mark this special occasion, Ship 102 embarked on a Farewell Tour to give employees, retirees, friends, and charities one last opportunity to be a part of Spirit's history. For more details and photos of the Farewell Tour, click on the link for each city in the table below.
Coming Home: The Spirit of Delta is brought to the Museum, May 7, 2006
The Spirit of Delta made its final journey on May 7, 2006, from the Technical Operations Center of Delta Air Lines to the Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum. Despite the threat of heavy winds and rain, the Delta Air Lines Recovery Team pulled Ship 102 out of the Atlanta airport property, thru the FedEx parking lot, across Toffie Terrace and Woolman Place roads, and onto the property of the Delta World Headquarters. Twenty-three employees and retirees carried 30-foot red ribbons attached to the tug, while a pilot and Museum employee waved from the cockpit. The 23 marched the aircraft across the Museum's parking lot and received thunderous applause as the nose pulled into Hangar II.
Transforming Ship 102 from Airplane to Museum Exhibit
Now that Spirit is inside Hangar II, Museum staff and volunteers are transforming the plane from a functional airplane into exhibition space. The reconfigured aircraft now has an exhibit area, an HVAC system, and new electrical work. Soon it will have a video viewing area, a presentation room, permanent stairs, and a wheelchair lift. Click here for photos of the transformation progress.
The Spirit of Delta is a permanent exhibit for Delta family and friends to enjoy for years to come.
December 15, 2006: A New Purpose
The transformation of The Spirit of Delta is an ongoing process. Still to come are permanent stairs and a wheelchair lift, additional cases inside the plane’s exhibition area, a video viewing area and presentation room, and complimentary exhibits in Hangar 2. Please come check out our progress!
Contributing to The Spirit of Delta Project
The Spirit of Delta transformation project is funded through generous corporate and private donations. If you would like to contribute to this piece of history, please click here or complete a Museum Donation Form and return it to the Museum. The Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and your donation is tax-deductible. We thank our donors for their loyalty and enthusiasm, and look forward to working with new friends as we build for the future.