Throwback Thursday // Convair 340
By: Marie Force, Delta Archives, Atlanta
Check out our 44-passenger, 270 miles-per-hour Convair 340 flying by in 1953.
This Convair 340 is wearing our “White Cap” paint scheme, with white paint on top of the fuselage to reflect sun and keep planes cooler inside. The Delta-C&S markings were in use from 1953-1955, after we merged with Memphis-based Chicago and Southern Air Lines.
With its compact size, the Convair 340 served our smaller cities with more speed and comfort than the aircraft it replaced. It was pressurized, so pilots could fly higher to avoid bad weather. Reverse propellers on the engines meant shorter landings and reduced taxi time. Inside, the new P.A. system allowed instant flight updates from the captain or flight attendant.
Learn more about our Convair 340’s “living room comfort” in this 1953 brochure.