Looking for Elvis Presley’s jet at Delta Flight Museum
MANILA, Philippines – You can explore lots more of Delta’s history at the nearby Delta Flight Museum, also located near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta’s — and the world’s — busiest hub.
Inside, you can revisit the pioneering days of Delta’s airmail service in the ’20s, learn the difference between roll, pitch and yaw with a manual joystick (attached to rudders and ailerons), see some of the first passenger seats in Boeing history (hint: they were made out of wicker because the material was relatively light), and try out a Boeing 737-200 flight simulator.
The highlight is no doubt “The Spirit of Delta,” a classic B-767 that has a great story: the $30 million jet was paid for entirely through monetary contributions from Delta employees and retirees who, during the recessionary early ’80s, wanted to give back to the company that had retained their jobs, despite layoffs at other airlines. Since its launch, The Spirit of Delta became an ambassador of Delta pride, appearing at air shows, charity flights and the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta before its retirement to the Delta Headquarters site in 2006.
Inside Spirit of Delta, there’s an exhibit of flight attendant and pilot fashion down through the ’70s and ’80s (a definite nostalgia kick), and even an array of in-flight toys and distractions given to kids during long-haul flights, such as View-Master reels and Magic Screen drawing tablets.
Another interesting attraction in the museum is the cockpit of a Convair 880, the jet favored by The King Himself, Elvis Presley, who bought one for private use, naming it “Lisa Marie” after his daughter. The Delta Flight Museum has no plans yet to acquire that particular piece of pop history from its current home in Graceland, but it would surely attract many pompadoured Filipinos as well!