Delta Flight Museum Just Re-Opened, It’s Awesome

a man jumping in front of a buildingWhen I booked our flight to Atlanta I was disappointed to hear that the Delta Flight Museum was closed for renovations. It was actually supposed to reopen a few weeks after we were in town.

I decided to give the museum a call anyway just to be safe. If the museum was open, it was an attraction that I didn’t want to miss. I was surprised when someone answered the phone and told me that the museum had actually opened a bit earlier than planned!

I checked out the museum’s website (where it still stated it would be reopening mid- June) and tickets were for sale. I decided to hold off on buying them just in case something came up and we couldn’t make it. This ended up being a great move. A $12 per person entry fee would’ve cost Kim and I over $25 with tax, but when we arrived we were told that entry was free for now since there was no way for them to collect the money!

Score! An earlier than expected opening plus no fee to get in!

We were impressed from the moment we walked inside the museum which is housed in two historic airplane hangars.

an airplane in a hangar
Douglas DC-3

Once we made it into the first hangar, we were amazed by the collection of old airplanes on display, both on the ground and hanging from up above. We took some time to look around and take photos before heading over to the exhibits telling the history of Delta, which had an early start as a mail service. I also learned that Delta got its name from founder C.E. Woolman’s secretary. The name was taken to reference the Mississippi Delta.

The exhibits were both interesting and fun to read. I really liked that the displays had lots of cool memorabilia on display with short descriptions so you never get stuck for too long at any given area.

an airplane on display in a hangar
Travel Air 6B Sedan
a plane from the ceiling
Stinson SR-8E Reliant

After checking out the displays we headed through a tunnel to get to the next hangar.

a child running through a tunnelThis hangar appeared much larger than the first one. Although it felt somewhat empty, it had lots of interesting items on display. There were a bunch of interactive displays that weren’t up and running just yet. Given the space available, I am pretty sure that if you’d like to host a private event at the museum, this is where the event would be.

A full size Boeing 767 named the Spirit of Delta caught my eye right away.  The plane has a really interesting story. The Spirit of Delta was bought for the company by their employees for over $30 million in 1982 “to express pride and gratitude felt for their company”.

an airplane in a hangar
Boeing 767 The Spirit of Delta

the front of a planeBefore heading upstairs to go inside The Spirit of Delta, Kim and I had to take some jumping photos under the plane. Lucas also tried to join in but didn’t get too much air!

a woman and child jumping in front of an airplane a man and child jumping in airFlight Simulators:

a blue and yellow airplane model
Link Trainer Flight Simulator

The Link Trainer Flight Simulator is from the 1940s and helped to train over a half million pilots during and after World War II. The simulator also had a funny sign on it- something like Please do not place children inside!

a white object with a red and blue stripeThere is also a flight simulator which you will be able to pay to try out. A one hour session costs a pricey $395 plus tax. Sounds pretty cool but at that price it’s definitely not for me.

Luggage Handling:


a man and child in a trailerOther interesting things:

a small white and blue car
Delta Mini-Cooper
a cow statue in a room
Platinum Moodallion- Cow Parade Atl. 2003

a plane in a hangar

a man and child standing on a railingI saved the best for last. My favorite part of the visit was getting to go into The Spirit of Delta and the Prototype L-1011 fuselage. To get inside, you first need to head up a flight of stairs.

a large hangar with airplanesA recently donated passenger boarding bridge leads you into The Spirit of Delta. Talk about a really awesome set-up. It also makes for a great play area for little ones. Lucas enjoyed running back and forth over here!

a woman and a child standing by a plane
Prototype L-1011 Fuselage

Our first stop was the Prototype L-1011 fuselage. The plane, made by Lockheed was used for test flights and never flown by an airline. It was also used as a movie set in films like Passenger 57 in a previous life. The inside is now turned into (what looks like) a conference room .

a long table with red chairs in an airplaneI think this would be an awesome place to attend a meeting. What a great setting!

We then headed on into The Spirit of Delta.

IMG_3688I had to make some announcements over the PA system to let everyone know that the Michael W Travels team was in the house. Ok, maybe not. The system wasn’t really functioning.

a man sitting in an airplaneI think took a few moments to relax in business class. Wandering around the museum was a bit tiring!

a man and child sitting in a plane

a man and child in a cockpitThis was possibly the coolest part of the visit. We got to sit in the pilot’s seat and it was such a fun experience. (It brought back memories I had when I was around 5 years old when I got to sit in the cockpit of an Air France Concorde!) We pushed and pulled the steering wheel and played with other buttons and gadgets. I totally got why Lucas loves so much “to drive Daddy’s car”.

Besides the cockpit, business class and first section of coach, the rest of the plane was like a little museum. The seats were all removed and there were displays in the walls showing various flight attendant uniforms and info about the plane. The very back area was set up like the galley with two dummies dressed as flight attendants preparing food.

On the way out we stopped into the gift shop and bought a few souvenirs, ending a really fun visit!

If you’re going to be in Atlanta, I highly recommend visiting the Delta Flight Museum.

Find out all of the details about visiting here.

5 thoughts on “Delta Flight Museum Just Re-Opened, It’s Awesome

  1. Same here.
    I am shocked to see that. How filthy. Guy enjoys a museum for free and as a thank you gesture puts his dirty shoes on the bulkhead. Awesome…

  2. Do you know for long the admission will be free? We live in ATL so it’s worth going for a visit this Sunday, if it’s still free.

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