It was a pretty noneventful flight up until the captain of U.S. Airways flight 700 from Philadelphia to Frankfurt came onto the PA. ‘Ladies and gentlemen, this is the captain speaking. I have a good friend up here in the cockpit who has hitched a ride with us over to Germany. He has something to say to his lady friend, who is in the back of the plane.’ Soon, another voice came on, saying: ‘I have to walk back to ask this lady a question, and I sure hope the answer is yes. I’d appreciate your support.’ Soon a beefy guy in a captain’s uniform comes back through business class, small black box in his hand. I hopped out of seat 2G and grabbed my new Nikon digital camera. If there was going to be an engagement at 39,000 feet, then I wanted to capture it for posterity. The flight attendant was delighted, ‘Oh, you’re a professional! I only have this cheap little camera and I am nervous about getting a good photo.’ Using my experience gained as a photojournalist for the ‘Stars and Stripes’ I wormed my way back to the place where all the action was and snapped 18 images to document the moment the future Mrs. McNeil said ‘Yes.’
Saying 'Yes' at 39,000 feet
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