Through the years, a variety of liquids, other than champagne, have christened a number of our special planes. Did you know Delta’s first Douglas DC-3, Ship 40, named “City of Atlanta,” was christened with a bottle of Coca-Cola? Actress Jane Withers, a native Atlantan, did the honors.
It took three swings before Miss Orange Bowl Libby Walker smashed a bottle of orange juice over the nose of DC-3 Ship 43, christened the “City of Miami,” on November 26, 1945. On December 1, Ship 43 was the first plane to fly Delta’s new Miami-Chicago route.
Miss San Diego Leona McCurdy christened Delta’s first Convair 880 “Delta Queen” with a bottle of water from various rivers throughout the Delta system in 1960.
Shown below, Mrs. George E. Leach, wife of the mayor of Minneapolis, christening one of Northwest Airlines’ first passenger planes, Stinson Detroiter “Miss Minneapolis,” with grape juice instead of champagne during U.S. Prohibition in November 1926.
Do you know of other unusual airplane christenings?