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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.

Enjoyed sharing one of our photo favorites in the Delta Archives. Let us know if you like it!

Marie Force

Archives Manager


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  1. 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.

  2. John Evanich III | Jan 09, 2015

    We write "Lost Schemes" on www.airlinercafe.com (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

  3. 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.




  4. 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.
  5. 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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