Fifty years ago in New York, our first jet, Douglas DC-8 Ship 801, took off for Atlanta. We were flying the world’s first DC-8 scheduled service. Our “widget” logo also appeared for the first time in 1959, in advance ads for luxury DC-8 Royal Jet Service:
Early jets cut flying times between major cities by up to 40% and carried almost twice the passengers and cargo of larger piston-engine planes.
See this amazing transformation in airline service. Check out this wonderful series of Life magazine photos of 1956 Atlanta Airport and then this 1960 Delta film about our second jet Convair 880: Introduction to a Champion, Part 1 and Part 2.