|Title||System Paulin Precision Barometer|
|Collection||Delta Air Lines Airport, Office & TechOps Items|
|Description||System Paulin barometer. The wall-mount station has a metal, probably brass, case with a glass lens over the instrument face and dial hand. The instrument face reads: "Precision Barometer / Patented / System Paulin / Stockholm" The top of the dial has a sliding scale. To measure barometric pressure, the dial’s hand is moved until the mark above the sliding scale is on center. Measures in increments of 1/100th. Eight holes around edge of case. Back of barometer is marked: "Made in Sweden / A3033"|
Back-up station barometer from Delta's headquarters and airport operations at Selman Field in Monroe, Lousiana, that was mounted to back of building. The System Paulin barometer is a type that was commonly used by airports as station barometers.
Salvaged by Delta employee Fred Pharo, who visited the abandoned building in late 1950s/early 1960s. He found little of note except this barometer, which he unscrewed from back of building, took home and mounted it in his ham radio (amateur radio) shack at home in East Point, Georgia.
Fred Pharo was hired by Delta in 1938, and retired after over 50 years as Director of Communications in Atlanta. The barometer later passed to his nephew Mark Pharo, who donated it to the Delta Flight Museum in 2013.
Mark recalls "Uncle Fred stated that the main station barometer was mounted in communications (I believe on the right side of building as you were facing it), the backup was mounted on the rear of the building as best as I recall. He said that whoever was working as the radio operator would have to note the barometric pressure several times a day and that the pilots would check it prior to take off. This barometer was the backup/redundant system." Source: E-mail from Mark Pharo to Delta Flight Museum Director - Archives Marie Force, 7/10/2013.
Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Service
Monroe, La.--Airport (MLU)
Weights & measures
|Credit line||Gift of Mark Pharo in memory of Fred and Oleta Pharo|