How Delta got the moon shot: Dynamic creativity, perfect timing, flawless execution
By Grayson Daughters · posted March 6, 2018
Here are the first 3 paragraphs from the article:
In partnership with the cosmos, a team of Delta professionals set out to capture images of the airline's new flagship aircraft, the A350-900, against a truly unique backdrop: A "super blue blood moon eclipse." Mother Nature last offered such a view in 1866.
The result – a jaw-dropping viral video that became Delta's most successful Instagram post ever – was a triumph of months of cross-divisional planning and stellar execution. Not to mention a lot of creativity and, in the end, perseverance when it seemed the "money shot of a lifetime" was in jeopardy.
"The A350 is nicknamed 'the Starship,' so there was not a more perfect airplane for the super blue blood moon eclipse," said First Officer Laura Lucas-Edwards, Delta's A350 instructor pilot who flew the A350 for the special project in tandem with First Officer Shane Capaldi. "To get to work across the operational divisions with such a top-notch Marketing department and then the outside vendors, I'd never seen such an amazing production.
Delta pilots and techs back on the ground seemed as awed by the film production crew's professionalism as the production crew was by Delta's mad aviation skills.
Clint Culpepper, a Tech Services Specialist in TechOps, whose mechanical expertise with the plane was also called on for the shoot, said that the Mojave Desert production was "probably the coolest thing I've ever gotten to do at my 27 year career here at Delta. It really was a once-in-a-career type of opportunity."
Entire article here with video
https://news.delta.com/how-delta-got-mo ... -execution
By the way, who knew the A350 was nicknamed the Starship?