From the Hangars

A brick for my dad

Mar 05, 2014

Today we received the confirmation for the brick our family purchased at the Delta Flight Museum in memory of my father, Donald Harbin, and I actually got emotional when I saw the certificate.

Harbin brick certificate

My dad worked for Delta for over 40 years and in his retirement and up to his death, he continued to support his Delta family by volunteering with the Delta Flight Museum, the Delta Care Fund and as a Delta Pioneer. We even rented the Museum to hold his 80th birthday celebration so that he could share his pride in Delta with all of his friends and family! 

So, when we saw the opportunity to memorialize him with a brick and at the same time support a cause that was so dear to his heart, we knew it was the right thing to do. Dad would rather have a brick at Delta than fresh flowers on his gravestone. My mother, brother and his family are all looking forward to visiting the Museum when it reopens and seeing the brick. 

Thanks for giving us the chance to honor our Dad and his service to Delta. 

Joni Harbin and Parents

Joni Harbin (r) with her parents, Maxine and Donald

Joni Harbin

Museum Supporter & Delta Employee


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  1. Patti Ferrell | Aug 12, 2014

    Is it too late to buy a brick?  If not, could you please provide me some details?  My father spent a lifetime in aviation and it would be wonderful to honor him - and support the museum.



  2. Genie Adams | Mar 20, 2014

    My dad, Asa Eugene "Gene" Hall, passed away on March 14th.  He was a proud member of the Delta family.  He was hired by Delta in 1956 as the first jet mechanic, three years before Delta stepped into the jet age.  He rose from a mechanic (in Atlanta...Hangar #1) to Regional Director.  He served in Atlanta, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, New Jersey, and back to Orlando.  Each time he was transferred, Delta expanded their service and incorporated many of his suggestions for improving the station.  He was stationed in Orlando when Disney World chose Delta as their official airline.  During a visit to the Puerto Rico station, he recognized Ship 41 even though it had been abandoned.  He contacted the appropriate people and arranged for it to be returned to its home.

    When he retired in 1993, he was instrumental in starting the Orlando Delta Pioneers.  He worked with ValuJet in an advisory capacity.  

    It is an honor to recognize his thirty-seven years of service to Delta with a commemorative brick for the courtyard walkway.  I hope to share the re-opening with my children and my grandchildren.

  3. Susan Allen Hutchison | Mar 18, 2014

    Can you tell me if my dad, Robert S. Allen, has bought a brick? I would like to get one for his 90th birthday. I think he was hired in 1947 and retired in 1989.

    Thank you,


  4. Stephen | Mar 13, 2014
    I am honoring the memory of my dearly missed mother. I joined our great Delta family in 2007, three years after my mother fell asleep  in the Lord in 2004. 

    Throughout initial training, every day on the line, CQ, wonderful layovers, all the great ups and the few downs of this great career, one very sad thing has made it all bitter-sweet: my dear mother was not with us long enough to see me get this dream of a job and to blossom in it! She would have been overjoyed to see me using my languages, the many years of customer service I obtained in the restaurant industry, and being able to see so much of the US and the world! It has pain my heart many times that she was not here to see me and to share with me this job. 

    I have been comforted by many, that she is looking down on me from Heaven and IS proud of me!
    This brick is in her memory and thanks to God for the blessing of my job at Delta!


    Stephen Upton

    Delta flight attendant 

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