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Delta

Delta Air Lines started scheduled passenger services in June 1929 between Dallas, TX and Jackson, MS as Delta Air Service Inc. On its merger with Chicago & Southern Air Lines on 1 May 1953, Delta became Delta C & S  Air Lines, and Chicago & Southern's six L-649As were also taken over. Three of them were, however , sold to TWA in April 1954, while the other three were retired for use on daily First class services from Chicago to New Orleans, Havana, Montego Bay and Caracas, and from Chicago to St Loius, Memphis, Jackson and New Orleans. By the beginning of 1955, DC-7s had taken over on the former of these two routes and DC-6s on the latter, and the three Connies were sold to Pacific Northern Airlines. In February 1956, however, four 049s were purchased from Pan American after the award of the Dallas to NY route. The 049s, after modification to Delta's requirements, were placed in service on th Coach class schedules in July 1956. The following year the C & S part of the airline's title was dropped, and in 1958, after all DC-7s had been delivered, the 049s were withdrawn from service and put up for sale. They were sold in 1960.

Model
c/n
 Reg.  From To
649A
 2642 N86521
 53 54
649A  2653  N86522  53 54
649A  2659  N86523 53 55
649A  2660  N86524 53 55
649A  2662  N86525 53
55
649A  2673  N86535 53
54
 049  2055  N88855
56 58
 049  2067  N88868 56 58
 049  2053
 N90923 56 58
 049  2063  N90925 56
58

Construction number/registration/type


c/n 2067 N88868 L-049

c/n 2053 N90923 L-049




















Notes
July 56 -  June 58

Bought from Pan American  1 February 56, rebuild to 149 and converted to 72-Seater Coach Class, FN502. Stored at LAS IDL, NY for sale by June 1958

Photo taken summer 1956, Joe Pries Vintage Collection.



 


February 56 - June 58

Bought from Pan American  1 February 56 and converted to 72-Seater Coach Class, FN503. Stored at LAS, Idlewild, NY for sale by June 1958.


Photo taken IDL 1959, Peter J. Marson.