On December 24, 1940, Ship 41 became the first DC-3 to carry Delta passengers. A flight from Atlanta to Ft. Worth, took six hours, made four stops and cost $38.50 one way or $69.30 roundtrip, in today’s dollars that translates to about $643 and $1,158.
A major update in 1950 reconfigured the cabin to seat 24 passengers, added an Airstair door, water fountain, luggage racks and new “white top” exterior paint scheme.
Ship 41 retired from the Delta fleet in April 1958. She later flew for North Central Airlines, now affiliated with Delta through Northwest Airlines.