Alaska Airlines Will Host Unique Flight To Catch Summer Eclipse

A few lucky chosen people will get to view the "Great American Eclipse" on a unique Alaska Airlines flight. But if you can't go aboard, watch it all across the U.S.

Get your bucket listout. Alaska Airlines will be hosting a flight over the Pacific Ocean in order to chase the summer solar eclipse, dubbed the "Great American Eclipse," on Aug. 21, Statesman reported.

At 7:30 a.m., the flight departs from Portland, Oregon, and flies off the coast so passengers can view the eclipse. 

"As an airline, we are in a unique position to provide a one-of-a-kind experience for astronomy enthusiasts," Sangita Woerner, the vice president of marketing at Alaska Airlines, told Desert News.

Unfortunately, the flight isn't public, but rather by invitation-only for astronomers and "serious eclipse chasers," The Associated Press reported. The airline is hosting a contest for one person and their guest, though, which begins on July 21 via the airline's social media channels. 

This is North America's first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. The partial eclipse can be viewed by the entire continent, but only a few parts of the United States will witness the total eclipse — Oregon being one of them.


If you can't get on the flight, though, the best location might be in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, at 1:20 p.m. local time. That's when the maximum point of the eclipse will last for almost three minutes.

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