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Boeing 767 The Spirit of Delta 

"This airplane and most of all, the spirit of Project 767, reflect that which makes Delta unique. The Delta people.” David C. Garrett, Jr., Delta president & CEO, 1982

Project 767

In Spring 1982, the airline industry was troubled by a weak economy, high fuel prices and deregulation. After 35 consecutively profitable years, Delta posted a net loss. As a way of expressing their appreciation for company support during this trying time, Delta employees spearheaded “Project 767” to raise money to pay for Delta’s first Boeing 767. Led by three flight attendants, the project was an inspiring effort to raise $30 million through the combined donations of employees, retirees and friends. 

On December 15, 1982, over 7,000 employees, friends and the international media gathered at Delta’s Technical Operations Center, to present the airline with its first Boeing 767, Ship 102, christened “The Spirit of Delta.” Directly after the dedication ceremony, Spirit left Atlanta on its inaugural service flight to Tampa, Florida.

Delta Spirit

Spirit flew as an ambassador of Delta pride and culture for over 23 years. Painted in special liveries to celebrate 1996 Atlanta Olympics and Delta's 75th Anniversary in 2004. Retired on February 12, 2006, after flying 70,697 hours and 34,389 trip cycles.  

Farewell Tour

Repainted in its original 1982 Delta livery, Spirit took off on a two-week cross-country, 12-stop Farewell Tour. Delta employees, friends and charities shared in Spirit's final flying days from February 21-March 6, 2006. See Tour Photo Album.

Home to the Museum

Journeyed home on May 7, 2006, from Delta’s Technical Operations Center, off airport property, across two roads and to the Delta Museum. After a brief ceremony, 23 museum volunteers escorted the tug that pulled Spirit into Historic Hangar 2.

Opened six month later as exhibit sharing story of Project 767 and Delta’s Jet Age since 1959. Date was December 15, 2006—the 24th anniversary of its Delta service. This unique exhibit received Leadership in History Award from American Association for State and Local History in 2008.

More Information

YouTube: Follow Ship 102 from 1982 dedication to museum exhibit in 2006.

Reader’s Digest: November 1983 article tells story of Project 767.

FlickrPhotos of transformation into award-winning exhibit, May-Dec. 2006

Flickr: Photos of exhibit opening, December 2006

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Boeing 767-232 Ship 102


Registration No.: N102DA
Serial No.: 22214
Manufactured Date: October 27, 1982
Manufacturer: The Boeing Company
Wingspan: 156 ft., 1 in.
Length: 159 ft., 2 in.
Height: 52 ft.
Range: 2,150 statute miles with full passenger load
Cruise Speed: 530 mph
Occupants: 204 passengers (18 First Class, 186 Economy), 2 pilots, 6 flight attendants
Cargo: 2,280 cubic ft.
Maximum Weight: 300, 000 lbs.
Engines: General Electric CF6-80A
Thrust: 40,000 hp total
Fuel Capacity: 16,700 gallons
Price when New: $30 million
Project 767 poster
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Spirit dedication 1982
Boeing & Museum representatives open exhibit
Spirit exhibit opens 2006
Garrett & Project 767's 3 flight attendants