Throwback Thursday // Iconic Fly Delta Jets sign turns 45
By: Marie Force, Delta Archivist, Atlanta
Happy Birthday to a Delta landmark! For 45 years this glowing red “Fly Delta Jets” sign has welcomed travelers to our hometown Atlanta.
It was believed to be the largest outdoor lighted sign in the United States when installed in 1968 on top of our Technical Operations Center, then called the Jet Base. The huge sign extends 140 feet along the roof of Delta’s original jet hangar—a bright landmark for passengers arriving and departing Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Each of the letters is 20 feet high and 42 inches wide. A total of 6,000 feet of fluorescent tubing runs through the 12 big letters.
Can you spot the installers? Have you seen this landmark on your way into or out of Atlanta? Share your snapshot with us; we’d love to see it!