These Flights Let You View the Solar Eclipse From 35,000 Feet

Fly a Little Closer to the Sun on April 8

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There's a total solar eclipse coming on April 8. 

Maybe you've heard a little something about it. 

Maybe you've even planned a trip to Texas or Mexico or Maine to view the eclipse within its path of totality.

It's crazy how that shining orb in the sky will captivate millions by not shining at all for a period of about four minutes. The celestial phenomenon has even inspired airlines to launch eclipse-viewing flights.

Delta sold out its first eclipse flight in less than 24 hours, which spurred the airline and others to give travelers more chances to view the eclipse from 35,000 feet in the sky.

“The April 8 eclipse is the last total eclipse we’ll see over North America until 2044,” said Warren Weston, Delta Air Lines Lead Meteorologist. “This eclipse will last more than twice as long as the one that occurred in 2017, and the path is nearly twice as wide.”

That's your cue to hop on a plane and see the eclipse from a little closer to the sun. The below flights are either in the path of totality or pretty damn close.

  • Southwest 1252: Dallas Love Field to Pittsburgh, departing at 12:40pm CDT
  • Southwest 1721: Austin to Indianapolis, departing at at 12:55pm CDT
  • Delta 1010: DFW to Detroit, departing at 12:30pm CT
  • Delta 5699: Detroit to Westchester County, departing at 2:59pm EST
  • Delta 924: LAX to DFW, departing at 8:40am PST
  • Delta 2869: LAX to San Antinio, departing at 9:00 am PST
  • Delta 1001: Salt Lake City to San Antonio, departing at 10:08am MST
  • Delta 1683: Salt Lake City to Austin, departing at 9:55am MST

Alaska Airlines also has select flights that cross the path of totality, including routes between LAX and Mazatlan, Mexico; Austin to San Jose, Portland and Seattle; and from Seattle to Dallas and San Antonio.

They're all filling up fast, so book soon if you want to sip mini liquor bottles while flying through a dark daytime sky. And don't forget to wear your eclipse glasses. 

This whole thing's a lot less fun if you wind up blind.

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