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Delta History

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Delta's 90 years of airline service

Discover the unique stories and culture of a company that grew from a crop-dusting operation to a global airline serving more than 300 destinations on six continents. 

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Founder

Founder C.E. Woolman established the "Delta difference": "There is only about two percent difference between success and failure — and that two percent is the determination and singleness of purpose that makes us do things. Without it, we are just another airline — with it, nothing can stop us."

C.E. Woolman's most famous quotes.

Headquarters

Delta’s 1940s headquarters are the oldest surviving buildings of the Atlanta airport. Designated a Historic Aerospace Site in 2011. Learn more.

July 2:
Delta’s first 2-pilot crews fly the Stinson Model A in 1935.

July 4:
Delta flies air mail in 1934, from Ft. Worth, TX – Charleston, SC.

July 22:
Delivery of the Douglas DC-8—Delta's first jet—in 1959. 

July 31:
Delta retires the Lockheed L-1011 in 2001, after flying a total of 70 L-1011s since 1973.