Hey, all! I’ve finally worked up the courage to share this topic. Quite shocked, lol.
Last Thursday, June 10th, my grandfather passed away. He had battled cancer, Parkinson’s, heart failure, and many other illnesses for years.
To honor his passing (and his life), @CaptainZac, @Nightt, and a few other folks from my VA decided to create a memorial flight. The original plan was to depart and arrive in KPBI, his place of residence; however, Zac decided on MYNN instead. This allowed for West Palm Beach to be semi-centered in the heart rather than on the edge. Thank you so much for this, guys. ❤️
While MYNN doesn’t spark as much emotion as KPBI, it worked out. The Bahamas was one of the first vacations I went on with my grandfather, so I comfortable with this being the airport of choice.
Per my request, I asked those who attended to fly a narrow-body Delta aircraft, the jetBlue A320, or the United 737-800. The first two represent the airlines he flew the most, and the latter represents the airline I would fly to see him.
Now, before I drain myself out from crying, I present some photos from this flight.
Flight Number: N/A
Flight Time: 4:34
As much as I like this livery, I cannot wait for Shantay Blue Stay to come!
Just like my grandfather, going last is my thing.
Up, up, and away! We’re beginning the turn onto the heart.
After two and a half hours, half of the heart has been flown.
Descending through FL210 with a stunning sky behind.
3nm separation = 🥵
A bit off-center, just like you, Pops.
I know how much you loved sunsets. Here’s one just for you.
The completed journey.
I miss you dearly, Poppee. As sad as I am, I know that your days of suffering are over. You will not be forgotten, and your memories will live on - especially your creation of the ABCDE method for Melanoma.
Fly high, man. I love you forever and always. ❤️