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U.S. Bicentennial
Delta's familiar red, white and blue “widget” logo wore the stars and stripes in 1976. This special design for the U.S. Bicentennial gave a patriot look to Delta's fleet. Learn more in our Blog post.

 

 


 

1981 Sugar Bowl

University of Georgia Coach Vince Dooley and Running Back Herschel Walker point to "Delta Salutes the Georgia Bulldogs" artwork on a Delta jet (Douglas DC-8, Ship 869) as the Bulldogs football team leaves for the 1981 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

 


 

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The Spirit of Delta
In appreciation for Delta's support during a difficult economic time, employees raised $30 million in 1982, to purchase Boeing 767 The Spirit of Delta, the airline's first Boeing 767. Repainted back to its original livery in 2006, before coming home to the Delta Flight Museum.

 


 

1996 Olympic Games

MD-11 Centennial Spirit - which carried the Olympic Flame from Athens, Greece, to the U.S. - and Boeing 767 The Spirit of Delta celebrated the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.

 


 

2002 Olympic Games

Delta and Delta Connection carriers SkyWest and ASA celebrated the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Boeing 777 Ship 7005 (N864DA) The Soaring Spirit II transported the Olympic Flame from its home in Greece to the U.S. Its paint design featured images of Olympic Gold Medalist Bonnie Blair and Olympic athletes Duncan Kennedy and Ryan Heckman.



 

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Delta's 75th Anniversary

Celebrating 75 years of passenger service in 2004, Delta painted Boeing 767 The Spirit of Delta in a special paint scheme inspired by 1940 Douglas DC-3 Ship 41.

The challenge was to replicate in gray paint the look of the DC-3’s unpainted, polished aluminum. Tommy Vinci, Delta aircraft refinishing foreman, recalled the process in 2007:

“The ‘polished look’ was accomplished by using a four step painting process. First a primer coat was applied, then a gray top coat. After this was dry they applied the ‘sparkle coat’ which was made of silica particles. The trick there was to insure they achieved a consistent and even coat so that once we applied the last coat of paint, which was clear, it all reflected the same. I remember that all we heard from the mechanics and everyone else that came by to see it before it went in to service was how good it looked.” 



 

Boeing 757 Pink Plane

Delta first painted Boeing 757 Ship 610 (N610DL) pink to raise awareness of the fight against breast cancer with partner, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October 2006. The livery in multiple shades of pink and white featured BCRF's trademark pink ribbon logo, adjacent to the boarding door, as a visible reminder to passengers that they were flying on Delta’s Pink Plane. Delta subsidiary Song Airlines originally introduced the Pink Plane in 2005. The Pink Plane paint scheme transferred to a Boeing 767-400ER in 2010.



 

Habitat for Humanity
Boeing 767-300ER Ship 1701 (N171DZ) was first painted in December 2006, to raise awareness of Habitat for Humanity International's global work and to highlight the efforts of employees participating in Delta's Force For Global Good community support. Updated livery shown.



 

Hank Aaron 755
Boeing 757 Ship 627 (N627DL) honored Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron in June 2007. Artwork celebrated Aaron’s historic 715th home run to surpass Babe Ruth as baseball’s all-time home run king. Aircraft name "Hank Aaron 755" recalled Aaron's 755 career-capping home runs.

 


 

GRAMMY Plane
Boeing 757 Ship 6715 (N6715C) carried GRAMMY Awards' iconic gramophone symbol on February 7, 2008. Delta joined with The Recording Academy to host a live, in-flight concert by John Legend at 30,000 feet on a special flight for music fans flying from New York-JFK to Los Angeles for the 50th annual GRAMMY Awards.


 

The Delta Spirit

Delta celebrated its first long-range Boeing 777, Ship 7101 (N701DN), on March 6, 2008, with a ceremony at Delta Technical Operations Center in Atlanta. Ship 7101 was christened "The Delta Spirit" in recognition of Delta employees worldwide.



 

SkyTeam

Delta was the first SkyTeam member to showcase an airplane in new SkyTeam Unified Livery in March 2009. Learn more about the paint scheme and see the SkyTeam-branded aircraft fleet list. See SkyTeam's Livery Fact Sheet.



 

David C. Garrett, Jr.

Delta dedicated long-range Boeing 777 Ship 7108 (N708DN) to former CEO David C. Garrett, on June 10, 2009. Garrett served as Delta CEO from 1978 to 1987.



 

American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Boeing 767-400ER, Ship 1817 (N841MH) first supported American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, a mainly volunteer-driven cancer fundraising event for cancer research and awareness, in April 2010. In 2013, the plane featured ACS's 100th Anniversary logo and slogan "The Official Sponsor of Birthdays" near the nose of the plane, adjacent to the boarding door.



 

Boeing 767-400ER Pink Plane
Ship 1821 (N845MH) first wore pink in 2010 to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research (Earlier Pink Planes were a Delta 757 in 2006-10 and Song 757 in 2005.) Breast Cancer Research Foundation's pink ribbon logo found on tail and boarding door area. In 2012, Delta added Evelyn Lauder's signature in memory of her dedication to a cure. Watch video.


 

Salvador Dali
Artist Salvador Dalí's mustache decorated Delta Boeing 757 Ship 661 (N661DN) in celebration of an exhibit “Dalí: The Late Work,” at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta in 2010.

 



 

Bobby Cox
Delta hosted a surprise send-off party for Atlanta Braves Manager Bobby Cox, before his last regular-season road trip on September 16, 2010. The Boeing 737 charter plane featured a temporary Number 6 in tribute to Bobby Cox and his 25 years with the Braves.



 

FORTUNE magazine ranked Delta the most admired airline worldwide in its 2011 World's Most Admired Companies airline industry list. Decals by boarding doors celebrate this achievement and the hard work of Delta people. The decals reappear when Delta again wins top ranking in 2013 and 2014. See Delta CEO Richard Anderson's congratulations to employees in 2014.



 

The Spirit of Atlanta

Celebrating 70 years as Atlanta's hometown airline Delta christened Boeing 777-200LR, N702DN, "The Spirit of Atlanta" with a virtual bottle of Coca-Cola in 2011. Delta's close ties with the city date back to 1941, when the airline moved its headquarters to Atlanta. See the news release. Watch the christening video.



 

United Way
Boeing 767-300, Ship 139 (N139DL) first wore a United Way logo in 2011, in support of the United Way's "Live United" efforts to improve education, health and income.

 


 

Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery
Delta dedicated Boeing 757 Ship 6716 (N6716C) in September 2011, to Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, "dean of the civil rights movement." Watch the dedication video

 


 

Andrew Young
Boeing 767-300ER, Ship 1606 (N16065) was dedicated on May 17, 2012, to Andrew Young, civil rights legend and former Ambassador to the United Nations, to honor his lifetime achievements and kick off his 80th birthday celebration. Young is shown here with Delta CEO Richard Anderson.

 


 

Chipper Jones
Delta dedicated Atlanta Braves player Chipper Jones' last charter flight in October 2012, with a temporary commemorative Number 10 decal on a Boeing 757 at the send-off event. Watch video.

 


 

Spirit of Freedom
Boeing 757 Ship 694 (N694DL) celebrated servicemen and women and the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, presented to Delta in 2012 for support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve. This is the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to employers, and Delta was the first airline in a decade to receive this award. Watch the dedication video.

 


 

Mariano Rivera

Delta decorated Boeing 757 Ship 6806 (N709TW) as a retirement gift for New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera in July 2013, with a decal of Rivera's signature, "42" and the New York Yankees logo below the captain's window.

 


 

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The Spirit of Seattle
Delta dedicated a new Boeing 737-900ER, Ship 3809 (N809DN), as "The Spirit of Seattle," on December 5, 2013, thanking customers, employees and partners for 80 years of service in the city.

Delta began service in Seattle from Boeing Field on Dec. 3, 1933, through Northwest Airways, which eventually became Northwest Airlines.

 


 

C.E. Woolman
Delta recognized the legacy of founder and first CEO Collett Everman Woolman, dedicating a new Boeing 737-900ER aircraft (N827DN, Ship 3827) in his honor. The ceremony on September 30, 2014, celebrated what would have been Woolman's 125th birthday on October 8.

 


 

Delta Boeing 767-400ER Pink Plane in 2015 Repaint

Boeing 767-400ER Pink Plane Repaint
Ship 1821 (N845MH), which first wore pink in 2010 to raise funds and awareness for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, was refreshed in 2015 with a unique paint design of pink ribbon wrapped around the fuselage. (Earlier Pink Planes were a Delta 757 from 2006-2010 and a Song Airlines 757 in 2005.) This aircraft flies international routes and raises awareness for the BCRF around the world. See the painting process in Delta's video "Turning a 767 into 'Pink Plane' a labor of love."