File under: those were the days….
According to this entry by archives manager Marie Force in the Delta Air Lines blog today, back in the 1930’s the airline’s on-board meals were served by pilots.
In 1936, Delta flew the Lockheed 10 Electras, which cruised 160 miles per hour and held 10 passengers, 2 pilots and our first complimentary meal service—box lunches served by the co-pilot.
(From the Delta archives)
The menu: two sandwiches, fruit (apple, orange or banana), a small cake and coffee poured from a thermos.
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