The 10-year anniversary of the introduction of the regional jet was celebrated Wednesday at the DeltaElite terminal at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Participants said the plane has revolutionized the commercial airline industry and will be crucial to its recovery from the post-Sept. 11 slump.
Above: A restored Delta Air Lines DC-3 joins its more modern counterparts for a joint ceremony with Delta, Comair and Bombardier Aerospace. Atlantic Southeast Airlines was presented with its 100th regional jet. Through its ownership of Comair and ASA, and partnerships with three other regional airlines, Delta oversees the world's largest fleet of regional jets. Comair alone now has 143 of the jets.
Right: An engine on the vintage plane is reflected in Jeff Hoole's sunglasses. Hoole is a member of the DC-3 restoration team.