So THAT's How You Fly a Plane Containing the Olympic Torch
As we publish this, a British Airways Airbus 319 is setting down at Royal Navy Air Base Culdrose in Cornwall, bringing with it the Olympic Flame straight from Greece.
London 2012 Olympics fever is officially in effect. The torch has landed.
So how does an airlineone that bans smoking onboardmanage to fly a live flame for four hours? Like this, apparently, as British Airways posted a photo to their Instagram account of the flame being buckled into its first row seats onboard the special BA2012 flight. The Olympic flame cannot be extinguished, and yet BA is flying with a fire marshall in the next seat and an extra pilot. You know, just in case.
A special torch caddy and airline route wasn't the only thing to herald the torch's arrival. British Airways repainted the entire plane in with a unique livery called "The Firefly," where the fuselage shines with a golden yellow and the tail retains the usual British Airways brand flag.
In the back of the plane sits a special torch entourage that includes David Beckham, Princess Anne and the London 2012 Olympics chairman. For more details, the BBC has an excellent story on the pilot.
[Photos: British_Airways on Instagram]