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Delta: The History of an Airline Hardcover – December 1, 1979

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  • Hardcover: 518 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press; First Edition edition (December 1, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820304654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820304656
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1972 two Auburn University professors approached Delta Air Lines about writing a scholarly history of the company. Since Delta would soon be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary in 1979, Delta's executives were receptive to the idea. The book that W. David Lewis and Wesley Phillips Newton authored, Delta, The History of an Airline, is a scholarly history but, since it was to be distributed free to employees, one written in a narrative style. However it includes enough detail to make it worthwhile for the academic community. Delta is appropriately organized chronologically for easy reading and extensively researched and documented with footnotes and a large bibliography.

The authors hypothesize that their work is probably "the first history of an American commercial Airline to be written by professional historians having full access to the business records, correspondence, and personnel of the corporation involved." (ix) This is made particularly more meaningful because the origin of Delta Air Lines is unique in the annals of American aviation. Other airlines grew out of the federal promotion of commercial aviation through the Post Office. On the other hand, Delta's genesis was in the fight against the boll weevil. Its predecessor was Huff-Daland Dusters, Inc., a crop dusting company organized to counter the cotton scourge from the air. It was strictly a private venture without government assistance.

Following WW I, Thomas H. Huff and Eliot Daland organized the Huff-Daland Company in Ogdensburg, New York to build military aircraft. Seeking a new commercial use for its aircraft, George B. Post, vice-president and a pilot for Huff-Daland, landed in Tallulah, Louisiana where B. R.
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I'm biased because my grandfather was with Delta from 1943 until sometime in the 1980s, so he's in the book. One of the authors, David Lewis, later wrote a terrific biography of the WWI air ace, Eddie Rickenbacker.
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My family owes one of the three Delta crop dusters that Delta started with that grew into the Delta Airlines that we know today. Great story and a must read.
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I received the book quickly but the authors never gave me a narrative of many problems such as the number of times the engines on the L-1011 couldn't be started or failed, etc. I guess I'm interested more in an author such as Robert Serling who has written at least 6 books on several airlines with fascinating histories of the companies and many incidents which took place...he makes you feel like you're somehow hearing both the positive and negative sides of an issue plus a lot of humorous episodes. I found this lacking in this "so-so" history.
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Great condition!
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