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Police and emergency services line up to show respect to the fallen soldier. Photo: David Parker Brown /

Police and emergency services line up to show respect to the fallen soldier at LAX on an Alaska Airlines flight in January of 2014  – Photo: David Parker Brown | AirlineReporter

Excerpt from NYCAviation is written by Eric “Cap’n Aux” Auxier, who is an airline pilot by day, writer by night, and kid by choice. An A320 captain for a major U.S. airline, he is also a freelance writer, novelist, and blogger (

I recently experienced one of the greatest and most heart-rending honors a modern airline pilot can have: Captaining a flight that is transporting a fallen soldier to his final resting place.

Escorting the hero was a military honor guard consisting of two of the soldier’s comrades, and two young Marines. Also onboard were the man’s father and a lovely, devastated young woman -girlfriend? Wife? Sister? I never found out. I never learned the soldier’s name, either. Or his rank. Or how or where he died.

But it didn’t matter. Because, like the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, he was ours. He was us.

Coming on the heels, as it was, of the Aurora movie theatre tragedy, this flight was particularly poignant for all passengers and crew as well.

As soon as our preflight duties were finished, I ordered the gate agents to allow the party onboard. They were escorted down to the ramp, where they presided over a short ceremony as the casket was loaded into the forward cargo hold. Simple, precise, and crisp, the military detail saluted the casket then made a sharp about face to march away, reminding me of the Missing Man Formation often flown by jet fighters.

For six hours as we crossed the country, I contemplated my speech. As Captain of the flight, I was expected to say a few words upon arrival. At Top of Descent, I took a deep breath and keyed the PA:

“Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your Captain speaking. I’d like you to pay special attention to this announcement. (pause) Today we have the great, great honor of escorting one of our fallen soldiers to his final resting place.

Continue reading Memorial Day: Flying a Fallen Hero on

Have you ever flown Turkey Airlines? They are okay I guess.

I don’t know if I would fly Turkey Airlines – Original Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | JDLMedia – Photoshop: David Parker Brown

Although our readership has grown quite a bit outside the United States, we still have about half of our readers based in the country. And for those of us in the US, today is Thanksgiving. A day where we get to be thankful for all the positive things in our lives. For all of us at AirlineReporter, we are very thankful that you read our stuff, you engage in the comments, and motivate us to keep on going.

A Happy Thanksgiving for all of you celebrating, and a wonderful Thursday to those who are not!

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It’s the time of year airline holiday greetings spread across the globe. – Image: All Nippon Airways

We are in the thick of the holiday travel season right now, and with Christmas fast approaching it is going to get even busier.  Traveling at this time of year can be a real challenge.  Weather, crowds, high prices, and even-higher load factors can make travel a headache.

When you add delays, the stress of getting away for a vacation, or travel to see family (which can be either cherished or dreaded), things can get rough.  We at Airline Reporter wanted to share some of our favorite tips and tips from readers who travel quite often.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and safe travels. I couldn’t help but use this photo.

Photo by Bob Garrard Info: N141PM Pilgrim Airlines
Fokker F-27-100 Friendship (cn 10114) A very early Friendship delivered in April, 1959 to Trans Australia Airlines as VH-TFD, Other regns carried include N1036P, and OB-1644. Seen departing DCA in June, 1983.

Bob’s other Pilgrim Airlines pics: Fokker F-28 and De Havilland Canada DHC-6-100 Twin Otter