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This Day in Georgia History

May 13, 1957

First Commercial Jet Landed at Atlanta Municipal Airport

The first commercial jet - a French Caravelle - landed at Atlanta Municipal Airport. The Caravelle jet flew in from Washington D.C. at an average speed of 386 miles an hour. The 547-mile flight took 78 minutes almost half the time for a prop plane. The introduction of jet passenger service to Atlanta was a special flight sponsored by Delta Airlines and would help make the case for building a larger and more modern airport for Atlanta.