Alaska Airline passengers experience spectacular views of the solar eclipse

Alaska Airlines will charter a special flight to allow astronomy enthusiasts the unique opportunity to view the upcoming coast-to-coast solar eclipse from 35K feet.

The invitation only charter flight, which was announced in June 2017, will allow those lucky enough to receive an invitation, to chase the historical total solar eclipse.

Scheduled to leave at 7.30am on August 21st from Portland Airport, the flight will fly passengers just off Oregon’s coast where passenger will be able to experience a first glimpse of this special event.

And this is not the first time that Alaska Airlines has allowed passengers to experience a bird’s eye view of our fascinating solar system. In 2016, the airline decided to re-route one of their flights from Anchorage to Honolulu, just so its passengers could view the solar eclipse over the Pacific Ocean, from Alaska Airlines Flight 870.

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Sangita Woerner, the airline's Vice President of marketing has been quoted in a news release stating:

"As an airline, we are in a unique position to provide a one-of-a-kind experience for astronomy enthusiasts.

"Flying high above the Pacific Ocean will not only provide one of the first views, but also one of the best."

From a PR perspective, this latest flight has once again positioned Alaska Airlines as a company that provides their passengers with unique opportunities that are often only limited to real life astronauts.

Of course, NASA also has their own plans to capture this momentous event. They will also use two of their own jets to chase the coast-to-coast total eclipse in a bid to capture some of the ‘clearest images of the Sun’s outer atmosphere.’

Operated by the US, Nasa’s jets will also aim to take some of the first images of the eclipse, so people on Earth can also experience the wonder and magnitude of this event.

Flying over Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee, NASA has stated that the plan is to track the eclipse for more than 3 minutes, in order to capture as many images as possible, whilst flying at an altitude of approximately 50,000 feet.

But when can you expect to see the coast-to-coast solar eclipse? The moon will pass in front of the sun on August 21st, and is expected to be visible across a 70-mile stretch covering several destinations from Oregon to South Carolina.