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:
- Photos: JetBlue Honors Our Veterans With a Stunning New Special Livery
- JetBlue paints one of its planes to honor military vets
- JetBlue Celebrates Veterans with Special Aircraft Livery, New Programs
- JetBlue introduces Vets in Blue, commitment to US military veterans
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