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1929
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Reason Aquired:
For instrument training, route surveys, charter service and other company use. These planes were not used for scheduled passenger or mail service.
Last Retirement:
1946
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Narrative:  Trainers & survey aircraft 1929-1946

Delta aircraft not used in scheduled passengers or mail/freight service:
  • Travel Air 2000 biplane (NC4316, MSN 369) with OX-5 engine and room for a pilot and two passengers. Paint scheme of Travel Air Blue fuselage and tail with silver-colored wings. Built March 12, 1928; delivered to Delta March 14, 1929. Used for training, charters and Delta executive travel. Nicknamed "Miss Tallulah" after the Mississippi city where USDA aerial crop-dusting testing launched Huff Daland Dusters, Delta's predecessor company. Retired September 1, 1937.
  • Command-Aire 3C3-T biplane used as a trainer in Huff Daland Duster's, and later Delta's flying school in late 1920s-early 1930s.
  • Stearman C3B (NC8837, MSN 247) operated as an instrument trainer from August 20, 1934-March 31, 1937.
  • Curtiss Robin 4C-2 (NC510N, MSN 704) rented for training and survey flights in 1934, from owner Bernard Biedenharn.
  • Curtiss CW-1 Junior (NC10956, MSN 704) also used as a trainer. 
  • Fairchild FC-2 (NR3984, MSN 51) purchased from C.S. Robinson early in 1940.
  • Lockheed 12 Electra Junior (NC14999, MSN 1266, ex-USAAF C-40A 38-582) used for training and route surveys after delivery in January 23, 1945. Retired on July 11, 1946, and sold to Transair.

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  • travel_air_2000_and_huff-daland_dusters_1930s
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