Delta Flight Follows Solar Eclipse from Dallas to Detroit

A Delta Air Lines flight followed the path of totality during a solar eclipse after taking off from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in Texas on Monday afternoon, April 8.

Delta said it was launching two Detroit-bound flights from Texas for the eclipse – one from Dallas and another from Austin.

“Delta is doing something it has never done before in its almost 100-year history: fly along the path of totality during a total solar eclipse,” the company said. “This year’s eclipse will travel across the U.S. at 1,600 miles per hour, while the aircraft will be moving at about 480 miles per hour. The path of totality and the flights’ paths will come together about halfway through the planned flight time.”

This footage from Brendan Gutenschwager shows a celebratory atmosphere in Dallas ahead of the flight, a view of the eclipse from inside the aircraft, and retired astronaut Scott Kelly speaking to the passengers after they landed in Michigan. Credit: Brendan Gutenschwager via Storyful

Video Transcript

- If you have any questions, concerns regarding our flight, feel free to come see us here at the podium. We're more than happy to assist, and happy eclipse everybody.

- Woo!

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- We all fall.

- You should.

- Would you like any glasses?

- OK.

- Woo!

- If you have any questions, concerns regarding our flight, feel free to come see us here at the podium. We're more than happy to assist. And happy eclipse, everybody.

- Woo!

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- We all fall.

- Would you like any glasses?