Browsing through the Delta Archives for exhibit images, I turned up this wonderful 1934 joint schedule from Delta and Eastern for travel from New York to Dallas via Atlanta. Click here to see front & back.
In the same folder with the schedule was a perspective on air travel by longtime Delta engineer Art Ford in 1976. Passengers traveling from New York to Dallas in 1934, were in for a ride, writes Ford:
“You first rode in an Eastern T-34 Condor to Atlanta, and then connected to a Delta Stinson Trimotor for the rest of the journey. And what a journey it was! You took off and landed 15 times; you spent 19 hours enroute; you bounced around in the hot air thermals at 3,000 to 5,000 feet strapped in a wicker chair with a sickness cup handy. You went blindly through thunderstorms and frequently diverted to alternate airports.
Bad as it was, it was still progress. The alternate was black soot [by train] or boiling radiator [by car] and a journey 5 to 6 times as long. . .
Today [in 1976], your New York to Dallas flight is a non-stop jet at 600 miles per hour and 38,000 feet. It is a fast, comfortable and reliable flight. With a travel time of 3 1/2 hours . . . you have truly witnessed the miracle of scheduled air transportation’s progress.”
2009 marks 50 Years of Delta Jet Service. Happy jetting!