See The Great American Eclipse while soaring with Southwest Airlines

Total Solar Eclipse

The Great American Eclipse is on course to deliver quite the show when it takes over the sky on August 21. But Southwest Airlines is reminding us that they can enhance your viewing experience.

The airline has lined up several of its flights along the path of the eclipse. If you happen to have booked one, then you’re in luck. Southwest will be handing out viewing glasses and hawking “cosmic” drinks for your enjoyment. And don’t worry if you haven’t booked a flight; we understand that there are still some prime seats available.

Keep in mind that you could easily navigate your own eclipse plan by scheduling a similar flight with another airline and getting close to the same stunning views, just b.y.o. viewing glasses.

The diagonal path of the eclipse is from Oregon to South Carolina, allowing many flights along the route to have stunning perspectives, but a few spots will have the greatest chance for primo views.

According to Southwest Airlines, their best flights for the eclipse are:

  • Fight 1375, departing 9:05 a.m. from Seattle to St. Louis.
  • Flight 1368, departing 9:05 a.m. from Portland, Ore., to St. Louis.
  • Fight 1577, departing 10:30 a.m. from Denver to St. Louis.
  • Flight 301, departing 10:30 a.m. from Denver to Nashville.
  • Flight 1969, departing 9:50 a.m. from Denver to Atlanta

Alaska Airlines has listed its Eclipse Viewing Flights as “invitation-only”. The company has offered “astronomy enthusiasts and eclipse-chasers” to be the first to experience the eclipse. Their flight will leave Portland, Oregon at 7:30 a.m., and fly 35,000 feet above the coast, far above any pesky clouds that could get in the way.

You may still have a chance to hop on the Alaska Airlines flight. The company has launched a contest open to any U.S. resident who wants to win two seats on the coveted total solar eclipse path.

The catch? You need to make a 30-second video showing how much of an “AvGeek” or “SpaceGeek” you think you are, and upload it to the Alaska Airlines contest’s website by the end of August 7.

Where will you behold the Great American Eclipse? Whether you’re in the air, on the sea, or in your own backyard, the once-in-a-lifetime event is not to missed!

To learn more about viewing the upcoming eclipse, go to Solar Eclipse Across America’s website.

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