ATLANTA (AP) - With loud music playing and its employees cheering, Delta Air Lines paid tribute to Hank Aaron Monday by unveiling a new 757 aircraft adorned with artwork of Aaron in his home run pose.
The chief financial officer of Delta Air Lines -- Ed Bastian -- and Aaron pulled back the tarp to reveal the Hank Aaron 755 aircraft at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Bastian called Aaron -- quote -- "a true Hall of Famer and a humanitarian."
The Mobile native broke baseball's career home-run record by hitting his 715th homer at old Atlanta Fulton County Stadium on April eighth, 1974. He finished his career in 1976 with 755 homers, a record now being challenged by Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants. Bonds hit his 748th homer Sunday night.
Aaron made NO mention of Bonds.
The 73-year-old Aaron says he is honored and thrilled to have an airplane named after him.