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An Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter took a Delta eclipse flight. Here's what it was like

Mirtha Donastorg, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

Published in Science & Technology News

The pilot banked starboard and port, trying to give both sides of the plane equal viewing time.

But the same reason that people shelled out hundreds of dollars to try to see the eclipse from the air was the thing that made the viewing experience a bit disappointing — its ephemerality.

Though the eclipse was fleeting, the experience will last in the lives and memories of those on the plane.

A man who never takes time off got to check an item off his bucket list.

A mom will bring back memorabilia and stories for her daughter.

A couple got engaged mid-flight.


Upon landing in Detroit, passengers stepped into a party. Astronaut Scott Kelly addressed the crowd, saying that we had all had an experience that in his thousands of hours of flight time he had never had.

Avi Mirchandani traveled from Antelope Valley in California, going on the eclipse flight spur of the moment. He saw a window seat open up Sunday and booked it immediately.

He then drove an hour and half to Los Angeles to hop on a red eye to Dallas. Once arriving in Detroit after the eclipse, he turned right around back to California.

”It was a lot of fun,” Mirchandani, 37, said. “It was a very different thing than I’d typically be doing on a Monday at work.”


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