On board the JetBlue Vets In Blue Inaugural

JetBlue celebrated Veteran’s Day in a big way this year. The most visible bit of the effort was the new Vets in Blue livery, an aircraft specially painted to honor honor veterans. I was invited along for the first flight of the freshly painted plane and the festivities which followed.

JetBlue Vets in Blue takes flight

Vets in Blue entered service on 10 November 2014 carrying more than 100 veterans from New York City to Washington, DC. The group was hosted for a lunch at the airport and then provided with a tour of several memorials around town.

As an AvGeek on board I was certainly excited for the flight as well. Particularly the traditional water canon salute from the fire department. We ended up with three baths that day; the pilot noted that it was likely the cleanest the plane had ever been.

And, as an added bonus, our approach into DC used the River Visual approach giving a spectacular view of downtown DC and the Mall from seat 23A.

The first stop on the tour JetBlue arranged was the Disabled Veterans Memorial, the newest of the many sites in DC honoring military veterans; it  opened just last month.


From there the group moved to the World War 2 memorial and made the walk along the reflecting pool to the Lincoln Memorial.

After that was a quick drive through Arlington National Cemetery before returning to the airport for the return to New York.

It was, most certainly, a whirlwind sort of day. And also a spectacular one.

Here’s the official video produced by JetBlue as part of the trip. Different focus (and production quality) but I think mine is pretty good, too.

And also a few more stories worth reading about the Vets in Blue events:

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.