Atlanta - Delta Flight Museum
The Delta Flight Museum tells the history of Delta Airlines. It is located on the site of the Delta headquarters in Atlanta, which means that you have to collect a visitor badge at the security checkpoint at the entrance.
We visited the museum in August 2019. The museum is set up nicely as you walk through the Delta history timeline. The collection contains a good variation of aircraft, aircraft parts and airline relics, as well as various scale models. Highlights of the collection are the Travel Air 6B Sedan, the Boeing 767-200 N102DA “The Spirit of Delta” and the Boeing 747-400 N661US, the first 747-400 built by Boeing.
The 747 is our personal highlight, as a part of the interior is still original, as the other half is stripped down and is converted to a tribute exposition for honouring the aircraft type Boeing 747. Delta has done an amazing job for preserving this plane. It is a bit of a downside that the Boeing 757 and DC-9 are not open to the public – at least they were not when we visited.
All in all, the Delta Flight Museum was beyond our expectations, and is really worth visiting. Spotting the Atlanta traffic is not doable from the museum grounds (yet the FedEx ramp can be seen from the 747 cockpit), but this museum is recommended in combination with a stay at the Renaissance Concourse Hotel, from where spotting is absolutely great! Even the Delta Flight Museum is visible from this hotel.