Our first complete aircraft! This former Delta 727 was generously donated by Doug Scroggins, as a surprise at the 2009 Annual Not-So-Gala Gala. Needless to say, we were extremely surprised! She will remain in Mojave at Doug's yard until shipping arrangements can be made to bring her to Atlanta.
Donated by Captain Jeff Whitesell, this is the only known Martin 404 CPT. This historic trainer spent years in the desert in California awaiting a new home, and arrived back in Atlanta (where it was originally from) just before Christmas 2008. Believed to be originally built for Southern Airways in the 1960s, it still retains its paint scheme. There are two components to the trainer – the cockpit itself and the plotter unit. The museum hopes to be able to restore the trainer to working order one day.
This quintessential trainer was donated by Captain Rand Peck in the summer of 2009. It spent most of its life at the Hampton Airfield in Hampton, NH, and it is thought to have been there since WWII. It is currently in the northeast, awaiting transfer to the museum. Once in Atlanta, it will begin a year-long restoration to bring it back to its original state.
1985 Ford high lift catering truck, donated by Gate Gourmet in the fall of 2008. It is operable, and was the first major piece of ground support equipment in the museum collection. Gate Gourmet hand picked this truck for the museum, out of its fleet of retiring vehicles, and then repainted and restored the exterior before transferring it. The truck is on display in the museum's exterior storage lot.
N9234C was donated to the museum by Prop-Liners of America in August of 2009. Unable to be saved intact due to excessive corrosion, the cockpit was cut from the fuselage on Friday, October 9th and is in transit to the museum for display. This former Eastern Airlines 404 was delivered to Eastern in 1952. It also flew as Ray Charles' personal plane during the 1960's. It was then turned into a freight plane and was in service with Frontier Airways in Wyoming. It has been sitting in Sheridan, WY since 1978. It will be restored and painted in original EAL livery.
Tug Technologies first tractor off the line was recently donated to the museum by Tug. Delivered to Epps Airport Services at Peachtree-DeKalb Airport on October 8, 1973. TUG Technologies realized the importance of keeping this part of its history, and re-acquired the tractor on March 6, 2002, from Key One Ground Services in Clearwater, Florida. It is in pristine condition, and has been lovingly restored by Tug, for the purpose of permanent display. It arrived in September of 2009 and is on display in the “hangar” room of the interim museum.
Having served thousands of passengers at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport for many years, this two-piece combination ticket counter now welcomes visitors to the National Museum of Commercial Aviation. It was in storage in the top floor of ASA's Atlanta hangar for several years after being removed from use at the airport, and donated to the museum in the spring of 2008.
Donated by TIMCO, this AmericaWest 737 aft galley was removed in 2008 following the merger of AmericaWest and USAirways. TIMCO refit the AmericaWest fleet in Macon, Georgia, with new interiors and saved this nearly complete galley. Upon approval from USAirways, the galley was transferred, along with an aft lavatory, to the museum in the spring of 2009. It now serves as the back drop for the museum's exhibit Served You Right: A Retrospective of In-flight Service.
Acquired from Delta Air Lines in 2006 after being retired from service at Delta's training center in Atlanta. Consists of main cockpit panels and standalone engineer's aft/side panel. This was used to help pilots become familiar with the numerous switches, dials and controls of the Boeing 727. It is currently being used to house the museum's popular Microsoft Flight Simulator, one of the main attractions at the museum.