I wasn’t one of them. But I was close enough, sitting in the back seat of an Airbus Helicopters AS350 behind Helicopter Express pilot Chris Templeton. Next to me was photographer Lina Collado, who had brought along a camera somewhat more professional than the one on my iPhone.
The reason for our flight was simple. If you’re in the path of totality for a solar eclipse — as we were in Jackson Hole, Wyoming — and you have access to a helicopter, you should use that helicopter to your viewing advantage. In our case, that meant taking to the air east of the Jackson Hole Airport, where we had a spectacular view of the Teton Range that would soon be overtaken by the moon’s shadow.