During one of my many visits to Delta Air Lines’ headquarters in Atlanta, I always enjoyed visiting the Delta Flight Museum. When I worked at the carrier, I used to enjoy eating my lunch there and volunteering for events. One of the crown jewels in the museum collection is the Spirit of Delta, a Boeing 767 that was donated to the airline by its employees in 1982. Inside, it holds historical items, including my photo below of a pair of Concorde models in the Delta livery. Enjoy!
Welcome to what used to be the Friday news roundup. Even though I was busy finishing my last week on the job, I still managed to find some interesting aviation stories for your reading pleasure.
- My first story is one from my former employer, Aviation Week, entitled “Airbus CEO Bemoans Slow Pace of Change.” In the article, London Bureau Chief Robert Wall quotes Airbus CEO Tom Enders: “Somewhere in the last 40 years we learned to save fuel and forgot how to take risks and manage them properly. We forgot how to turn our ideas into reality before they were out of date.”
- Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) says that the Transportation Security Administration is one of the agencies he’d eliminate if he won the election, reports The Hill’s Transportation blog. He also accused the agency of humiliating women, molesting children and abusing disabled people in a radio address this summer, the publication adds.
- I never got to fly on Concorde, but I did get to sit inside one operated by Air France. I know the ongoing fascination that people have with supersonic flight, so I read this story in Budget Traveler — Chicago to Tokyo in Two Hours? — with great interest and some trepidation. I’ve read stories for years on commercial and business aviation efforts to build Concorde’s successor, and the quest continues, as KLM announces it is investing in a new technology for supersonic flight, Space Tourism Curacao.
- I was chatting with Brett “Cranky Flier” Snyder last week as he was driving to speak on a panel about the air travel experience at the annual Airports Council International-North America conference. We got into a conversation on what airports are doing to keep passengers in their facilities longer, and Brett then did a blog post on what travelers REALLY want from airports.
- Capitol Hill was feeling Hollywood when actor, pilot and general aviation advocate Harrison Ford spoke before the Senate General Aviation Caucus on how aviation has enriched his life, reports Politico.
I finally caught up with all my Airplane Geeks podcast episodes, and highly recommend listening to episode 169, with Martin Rottler. And don’t forget — Random Aviation Photo is now on Thursdays. Enjoy!