This week, I wanted to share one of my favorite – and most colorful – of our 1940s postcards in the Delta Archives. It shows a group relaxing inflight in a six-seat lounge located in the rear of a Douglas DC-6 cabin:
The caption on the back of the postcard reads: “Sky Lounge in a DC-6 Deltaliner has the luxurious appointments of an intimate club. Congenial groups gather here while the 56-passenger giant airliner flies them at 312 miles an hour between Chicago, Cincinnati, Knoxville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Jacksonville, Miami, New Orleans and Dallas.”
Almost 60 years ago, Delta selected the DC-6 for its “streamlined beauty and thrifty upkeep,” and started service in December 1948. The DC-6 brought new standards of inflight comfort and luxury to Delta with cabin pressurization, air conditioning, roomy cabins and the Sky Lounge for “quiet conversation, cards and coffee.” To learn more about the DC-6, see Boeing’s website.