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The moment of totality as viewed from Alaska Airlines Great American Eclipse Flight out of Portland, Oregon on August 21, 2017.

There’s nothing Alaska Airlines pilots like more than a challenge. As a company that started out flying between remote airfields deep in the Alaskan “bush,” safely navigating where other airlines can’t is in Alaska’s blood. So, for Alaska, putting a flight in the path of the Great American Eclipse wasn’t really a question of if, but how. Total solar eclipses aren’t rare – they come around every 16 months or so. Being… Read More

This is a photo of an Alaska Airlines winglet, taken while flying above the clouds. A total solar eclipse is happening in the distance.

Not since 1918 has a total eclipse of the sun crossed the continental United States. But on August 21, 2017 history will again be made when a total solar eclipse is set to travel coast-to-coast for the first time in nearly 100 years. An estimated 12 million people live in the path of totality, with millions more expected to travel to these areas for the event, which will last for a matter… Read More

There’s no luck in physics. When the sun and the moon and the Earth aligned this week, an Alaska Airlines jet was in the right place at the right time to catch the total solar eclipse. The March 8 rendezvous over the Pacific Ocean was not luck, but a precisely planned equation. The calculations began a year ago. The only variable was the plane. NEW: WATCH THE ECLIPSE VIDEO Video by Mike Kentrianakis/American Astronomical… Read More