Across the nation people are gearing up for the once in a lifetime eclipse on Monday, August 31.
Hotels are sold out, campsites are reserved and it appears everyone is going to call in “sick” to work. But with a mere 70-mile wide path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina, your chances of viewing the eclipse in its totality are pretty slim. Unless of course you book a ticket on Delta flight 2466.
On Wednesday, Todd Evans discovered that the flight, which takes off from Oregon at 8:45 a.m. local time and lands in Atlanta at 4:29 p.m. perfectly follows the path of the eclipse for nearly the entire flight. He even double-checked his work using FlightAware and NASA’s eclipse data.
He then shared his findings to Reddit saying, “Everyone on Delta Flight 2466 on August 21 gets a front seat to the eclipse, their flight path coincides with the eclipse path almost exactly.”
A post shared by Todd Evans (@beardsofbeards) on Aug 8, 2017 at 5:49am PDT
As TravelPulse reported, a pilot even weighed in on the now viral post, confirming that this flight is indeed likely to travel the same route as the eclipse.
“Routes that are used constantly are like 95 percent the same day in and day out. They only vary slightly with weather or military activity,” the pilot commented. “So this is a very probable path for the flight. Of course, if there is a massive line of thunderstorms that makes them divert north or south to avoid, then they would not be on said path. Also, flight plans are not filed days in advance but hours only.”
Mic further detailed when passengers aboard the Delta flight should peak out the window reporting, “Assuming the plane both takes off at the scheduled 8:45 am Pacific and follows its planned flight path, passengers on flight DL 2466 can expect to see the eclipse about midway through the flight. Viewers in the sky will get roughly an extra minute inside the eclipse’s umbra, the darkest part of its shadow.”
As of publication the flight still had plenty of seats available, including four in first class, but just a few window seats left so if you want to fly alongside the eclipse we suggest booking ASAP.