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Title Dusty the Delta Air Lion
Date ca. 1988
Collection Delta Air Lines Promotional Objects
Object Name Toy, Stuffed
Catalog Number 2009.16.6
Description A. Stuffed yellow lion toy with yellow mane and black plastic goggles attached to head.
B. Brown leatherette flight jacket with front zipper, elasticized cuffs and waistband.
C. White scarf.
D. Cardboard open-cockpit crop duster airplane with Delta crop dusting logo.
Depth (in) 9
Height (in) 12
Width (in) 11
Dimension Details Pieces: 2
Provenance This toy represents Dusty the Delta Air Lion, mascot of the Delta Fantastic Flyer membership program for children, which launched in 1988. Dusty is dressed like a 1920s crop-dusting pilot.

The name "Dusty" and his pilot gear represents Delta's early roots as the world's first crop-dusting company, Huff Daland Dusters, which became Delta Air Service in 1928. Delta continued its crop-dusting operations until 1966.

The cardboard airplane represents the Huff Daland Duster, the first aircraft designed for cropdusting. The logo on the cardboard airplane features Thor, the Norse god of war and agriculture, waging battle on the boll weevil insect attacking cotton crops in the 1920s.
Search Terms Delta Air Lines
Fantastic Flyer Program
Dusty The Delta Air Lion
Delta Agricultural Division
Delta Dusting Division
Huff-Daland Duster
Logo, Delta Crop Dusting
Subjects Toys
Stuffed animals (Toys)
Crop dusting
Model airplanes
Pilots (Aeronautics)
Promotional products
Credit line Gift of Sylvia Tansey in memory of Ronald F. Tansey