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Title Boeing 767-232, Ship 102, The Spirit of Delta
Date 1982
Collection Aircraft & Flight Simulators
Object Name Airplane, Jet
Catalog Number 2006.111.1
Description Registration No.: N102DA
Serial No.:22214
Manufactured Date: October 27, 1982
Manufacturer: The Boeing Company
Wingspan:156 ft., 1 in.
Length:159 ft., 2 in.
Height:52 ft.
Range:2,150 statute miles with full passenger load
Cruise Speed: 530 mph
Occupants:204 passengers (18 First Class, 186 Economy), 2 pilots, 6 flight attendants
Cargo:2,280 cubic ft.
Maximum Weight: 300, 000 lbs.
Engines: General Electric CF6-80A
Thrust:40,000 hp total
Fuel Capacity:16,700 gallons
Price when New: $30 million
Painted in the Delta Classic Widget Livery that it first wore in 1982.

The white hump on the top, middle of the fuselage is a radome, a remnant of the world's first satellite TV receiver on a commercial transport airplane that was installed in 1996.
Height (in) 624
Length (in) 1910
Width (in) 1873
Provenance Delta's first Boeing 767. Purchased as a gift to the company by the people of Delta and named "The Spirit of Delta."

"This airplane and most of all, the spirit of Project 767, reflect that which makes Delta unique. The Delta people.” David C. Garrett, Jr., Delta president & CEO, 1982

Project 767
In Spring 1982, the airline industry was troubled by a weak economy, high fuel prices and deregulation. After 35 consecutively profitable years, Delta posted a net loss. As a way of expressing their appreciation for company support during this trying time, Delta employees spearheaded “Project 767” to raise money to pay for Delta’s first Boeing 767. Led by three flight attendants, the project was an inspiring effort to raise $30 million through the combined donations of employees, retirees and friends.

On December 15, 1982, over 7,000 employees, friends and the international media gathered at Delta’s Technical Operations Center, to present the airline with its first Boeing 767, Ship 102, christened “The Spirit of Delta.” Directly after the dedication ceremony, Spirit left Atlanta on its inaugural service flight to Tampa, Florida.

Delta Spirit
Spirit flew as an ambassador of Delta pride and culture for over 23 years. Served as a test lab for the world's first airline in-seat power source (for laptop computers) and live TV broadcasts in 1996. Painted in special liveries to celebrate 1996 Atlanta Olympics and Delta's 75th Anniversary in 2004. Retired on February 12, 2006, after flying 70,697 hours and 34,389 trip cycles.

Farewell Tour
Repainted in its original 1982 Delta livery, Spirit took off on a two-week cross-country, 12-stop Farewell Tour. Delta employees, friends and charities shared in Spirit's final flying days from February 21-March 6, 2006. See Tour Photo Album.

Home to the Museum
Journeyed home on May 7, 2006, from Delta’s Technical Operations Center, off airport property, across two roads and to the Delta Museum. After a brief ceremony, 23 museum volunteers escorted the tug that pulled Spirit into Historic Hangar 2.

Opened six month later as exhibit sharing story of Project 767 and Delta’s Jet Age since 1959. Date was December 15, 2006—the 24th anniversary of its Delta service. This unique exhibit received Leadership in History Award from American Association for State and Local History in 2008.

One of Delta's Live TV project participants in 1996, Kent Horton, wrote to the Delta Flight Museum in 2013, "One thing to take note of that I am quite proud of is the big 'hump' (actually a radome) on top of Ship 102 The Spirit of Delta. That is a remnant of the world's first satellite TV receiver on a commercial transport airplane we installed in 1996. I was the technical focal for that endeavor and the folks responsible for the hardware after I moved on never got around to removing the radome once the trial was over after about 2 years of operational trials. When the airplane retired and was made a museum piece, I was glad it never got removed!"
Search Terms Delta Air Lines
Boeing 767
Boeing 767-200
The Spirit of Delta (Airplane)
Project 767
Classic Widget Aircraft Livery
Logo, Delta Classic Widget
Subjects Airplanes
Credit line Delta Air Lines
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