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To those who don't know, National Yuletide Christmas Sweater Day is a thing that is "celebrated" on the third Friday in December. All Alaska Airlines customers will publish their nasty pullover combinations on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram account. But Alaska Airlines is not the only major air company that is rising in the nasty pullover frenzy. During November, the Netherlands based air company CLM presented its own KLM-inspired Christmas pullover.
Sadly, KLM's "Christmas sweaters" seem to be so loved by vacation sweaters fans that the wearer is no longer in storage in all heights.
Look: The Alaska Airlines mission offers a spectacular panoramic sight of the sunset.
Alaska Airlines on board a Boeing 737 on charter had a spectacular look at Monday's darkness, a great outlook and a very different perception from the observers on the floor. About 90 persons on board of a Boeing 737 hired by Alaska Airlines had a singular Monday solar eclipse and got a great sight that was not visible from the floor.
From Portland, just before 7:30 a.m., the aircraft took off southwestwards with brilliant rays of daylight rebounding from the blank skies covering the Pacific Ocean below. Then, the airplane swept up to the south, navigating to catch the "way of totality" of the darkness at exactly 10 a.m. Since the occupants used black sunglasses to see the star, the first occlusion from their window was clearly seen just after 9 a.m., when the lunar began to grip.
Then when the entirety was a few minute away, the tragedy quickly came. Looking west from the aircraft's leftside, a ribbon of highclouds that were grey instead of whites became increasingly dark. The shadows quickly blew towards us in the moment before we entered totalitarianism. There was no shade above, only on the shallow, open cloud landscape below us.
Light sunlight on these skies defines the borders of the shadows - an elliptic cross-section of the moon's conic umbrella. In this height the shade was huge, but clearly limited. There seemed to be movement over us, as did the shadows thrown by a huge extraterrestrial spaceship in a Hollywood film.
When the shade surrounded us, the eastern part of the plane, on the right side, was completely obscured by the light. At one point, when the first sunbeams appeared on the other side of the shade - seen through the shaded sunglasses - she shone like a ring of diamonds at one end.
Until this time of the voyage, the aircraft's wing had been reflecting the bright glow of the sky. Throughout the one minutes and 43 seconds of the total, they slid into the shadows. Because beyond the shade, to the right and to the right, the light of the day was still shining. By the time the total was 40,000 ft, there was no silence in the nature of bird, insect and animal life to be found at a distant vantage point on the planet.
Instead, there was a marked silence among the occupants of the aircraft's interior cabins, as all the window panes overcrowded and attempted to capture the ephemeral moment of entirety. An astronomer and a NASA-astronomer were among those who came aboard the charters only by invite. So were some passionate followers of darkness, some veterans of past utter darkness, and some lucky losers of sweepstakes and community contests organised by Alaska Airlines.
Miles and Braden Timpe were on board because their families - both Alaska Airlines staff - gave their place on the aircraft. so he could catch the air. Dennis Cassia, a pensioned high schools instructor and fireman from Connecticut, is another pursuer of darkness. "As soon as you've seen one, you'll want to see another," he said on the way out to see the solar darkness.
When it was over, Cassia said the plane gave a completely different view. "It' s darkness on the floor, in the shade of the Moon. "You can see the shade from the plane, but you are high enough to see the normal skies on both sides. Didn't really get too dim because you have the lights from both sides.
Researchers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries travelled around the world on month-long oceans missions to study and gather information on the unusual phenomena of a complete sun eclipse. Long in front of us, Alaska Airlines aviator Brian Holm collaborated with University of Arizona Astronomer Glenn Schneider to determine the exact route to be taken, ensuring the most stunning views.
In other words, it would intercept the shadows of the lunar surface at a certain point in space and at a certain moment as it speeded across the Pacific. Shadows move at different speed according to where they lie on the world. A plane that flies a little over 500 miles per hour can't keep up. Steve Fulton, the driver in charge, and Hal Andersen, the co-pilot, had to cut the way of the moon's shade.
During the two -and-a-half-hour approximation to the intercept point, Andersen provided information on the precision of the route on a frequent basis and reported throughout the entire trip that the aircraft was "plus or minus five seconds" and no more than 120 ft away from the destination date's timing and whereabouts. The Fulton and Andersen were the perfect pilot for the missions.
They worked together as trailblazers of precision navigation at Alaska Airlines, beginning with mapping an unprecedented and accurately mapped route to Juneau, Alaska, in 1992. Having done so for several years, they abandoned Alaska to found their own business, Naverus, which was later purchased by GE and developed such progressive aviation techniques for airfields around the world.
Fulton said in an interviewer after the total had elapsed that the darkness had shown a kind of four-dimensional accuracy guidance, which will be the way forward for the ATC system. Fulton says the company's technologies will be there in the near term so that drivers can do what he did on Monday: make a concise date in terms of timeframe and area.
Now Fulton and Andersen are again working in Alaska as airline pilot. They will give a demonstration about the darkness in October before an FAA-board.