From the Hangars

Image Spotlight: Delta's last prop plane retires

Feb 14, 2014

Delta's fleet is all jet! With a final hug from Stewardess Diane Strickland, the last of Delta's Convair 440 propeller planes retired from service on April 25, 1970. 

The Convair 440 retirement marked the end of an era. Delta's fleet of passenger aircraft was now 100% jets. During their 18 years of service with Delta, the Convair 440s flew the equivalent of more than 500 roundtrips to the moon.

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Marie Force

Archives Manager


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  1. william A Williams | Nov 10, 2023
    The FH 227 was a prop Jet which came to Delta from North East Airlines.  The Convair 440 was a piston driven power plant so Delta could have called themselves all Jet even with the FH227 as it was a prop Jet.  So, what is a prop jet?  Basically, it was a jet engine that used a propeller as it's means to flow air through the engine and push the plane forward.
  2. Jill | Aug 15, 2023
    When I first became a 'stew' with Delta the Convair 440 was so much fun.  On the flight to Haiti there were two of us in the cabin to serve our passengers.  I have so many great memories of that plane and Delta in the 1960s.
  3. Rebecca Allen-Fox | May 17, 2023
    Great memories of bei g the only stewardess on the40. Many times I served a hot lunch to 44 passengers between Shrevesport and Dallas Love Field, all by myself. TOften,, the c-pilet would come back to pour second coffe for me. Rebecca Fox retired March2005 after 38 years of service
  4. Sharon G. | May 09, 2023
    Was stew/fa late 1961 or early 1962 on a 440 flight from CHI to Paducah carrying Senator Dirksen.
  5. Kirk Tuttle | May 08, 2023
    Hmmm.   I guess we don’t include the former NE FH-227’s as a propeller aircraft?   Pretty sure that was the last prop operated by Delta.  
  6. W. Walker | May 08, 2023

    Many fond memories of that aircraft. While in the Army, flew on in many times,

    between ATL and AGS. That belly bin sure was a S.O.B. It's just tiny compared to

    today's aircraft. Also loved the sound and odor of piston planes. Seeing the

    blue flames shoot out the exhaust at night.

















  7. Bill T. | Dec 19, 2022

    I flew on one from Birmingham Ala

     To Chicago in Jan of  1969 returning from my grandfathers funeral.

  8. Mike | Sep 15, 2019

    The Convair was retired by Delta in 1970?

    I was slated to fly a Convair like prop aircraft from old Hartsfield to Athens evening time

    late Jul 1980. Thought it was a Delta

    flight. The flight was canx’ed due to weather and mx issues, was bused to Athens.

  9. John Evanich III | Jan 09, 2015

    We write "Lost Schemes" on (a scale modeling site) and are planning a story on the last Delta 440 routes. Is it possible that someone might have a 1969 Timetable that they could scan, so we could try to figure out the last prop routes?



                                                           John Evanich III

  10. david w. smith | Mar 16, 2014

    I checked out as Captain on the CV-440 in 1968. On the way back to Atlanta after my FAA check ride, Diane Strickland was a flight attendant on the aircraft. She made me a crown out of paper and wrote "The King" on it. It was exciting day for me and I never forgot her thoughtfulness and sense of humor. Isn't she pretty.




  11. Ron Black | Mar 14, 2014
    The CV-440 was one of the most reliable planes in the fleet at the time.  It was air conditioned and employed radar flight technology (the DC-3's had netiher).  I have loaded and unloaded many of these that came through Knoxville and loved to fly them.  It was 2X2 seating throughout making it what today would be considered all first class.
  12. Aubrey Hair | Feb 17, 2014

    I have lots of good memories of the Convair. My first co-pilot and my first Captain's gig with the airline. I thought I had arrived.

    Aubrey Hair MD-11 Capt retired Sep. 1, 1996 after more than 35 years of service.

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