Palin "Fly Sarah from Wasilla to Washington" Campaign
"Sarah" is now in Washginton, DC
Journey is Complete
How to "Fly 'Sarah' from Wasilla to Washington"
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Laura was sitting in the flight operations building. She had gotten
weather information, filed her flight plan, pre-flighted and ran the
plane up and shut down. She reviewed the DC airspace procedures one last
time. She recalled that “Sarah” had written in Going
Rogue that she never seen a replay of her own GOP 2008
convention speech. Laura was going to correct that. They had watched
Reagan’s Time of Choosing speech back in La Crosse....
Laura had the YouTube video ready to go on her own laptop, which she
connected to the office’s big flat screen. “Sarah” entered. After
greeting each other, Laura told “Sarah” she had to step away for a few
minutes and started the 46-minute video.
She returned about five minutes later and sat with “Sarah” to watch
the rest of the video. “Thank you, Laura!” she said when it was over.
Laura’s voice quivered slightly, “Sarah, it’s time.” Laura did not
want to think about the farewell that was to be in two short hours. But,
the entire point of the journey boiled down to this final flight after
all. In essence, that farewell was the point. Laura had a job to do.
They went to the plane, started up, and Laura got the clearance.
Providential US Airways Dash-8 Q100
To “Sarah’s” right was a US
Airways Dash-8 Q100 (Ed. Note: see Ron Devito Rochester Book
Signings Part I and VI for significance of this).
Cleared for Takeoff
The flight would take off to the southwest then turn east climbing to
Over West Virginia
The flight paralleled Pennsylvania’s southern border, entering then
leaving Maryland. Save for some scattered clouds, the night was clear
and crisp. The controller instructed Laura to turn toward the southeast
and assigned a visual approach to Reagan National’s southeast facing
runway. Laura would have preferred the more southerly runway aligned
with the night’s winds, but she did not request a change. The runway
choice proved providential.
Initial Descent over Dulles
Laura was instructed to descend to 2000 feet. Her flight path took
her right over Dulles Airport.
Following the Potomac River
Soon, Laura was following the Potomac River. Washington DC’s
principal buildings started to come into view.
Cleared to Land
Her assigned runway came into view and she was cleared to land. The
city’s main buildings passed by the left wing, as “Sarah” looked on.
The hacking of "Sarah's" private email accounts in 2008 was a modern
day version of Watergate. As the flight passed the complex, she renewed
her vow to continue being the antithesis of what happened here so many
750 Feet to Go
Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument
George Mason and Arland Williams Bridges
370 Feet to Go
General Aviation Parking
As Laura pulled off to taxi to the General Aviation area, a US
Airways 737 took off likely for New York or Boston. Laura would be
repositioning this plane at the Flying W in southern New
Jersey after a day or two.
Upon reaching General Aviation, Laura completed her post-flight
checklist and started secured the plane, starting with the left wing.
Unbeknownst to Laura, “Sarah” tied down the right wing, and waited as
Laura went to work on the tail. When Laura swung round to the right
wing, she swallowed hard, seeing that “Sarah” had done it.
Meet me here, January 20, 2021 at noon...
"Sarah" turned her and said, "thank you for all you've done. If you
need something from me, let me know." Laura paused for a minute then -
baiting "Sarah" - said with intonation as if "Sarah" owed her a major
debt – "yes, there is something I want you to do for me!" "Sarah" was
taken aback at first. Was Laura just another one of so many sycophants
who would use her out then trash her to the media? This could not be
happening, but somehow "Sarah" could detect the intonation was a put-on.
Laura was a skilled pilot; however, she was a lousy actress, and she
could not maintain the charade beyond that sentence. Her eyes filled up
and she choked out, "yes, 'Sarah.' There are a few things I want from
…Never change who you are. Don’t let this place change you.
…On January 20th at 12 noon in the year 2021, I want you to meet me
here. I’ll have a jet. I’ll take you direct to Anchorage, then in this
plane back to Wasilla. I took you out of Alaska. After you have led and
served – let me take Alaska’s daughter home.
A Hug and a Salute
"Sarah's" motorcade was now on the ramp. "Sarah" walked toward Laura
and gave her a long hug and said "thank you." "Sarah" turned and walked
to the motorcade. Laura snapped to attention facing "Sarah" and raised
her right hand in a salute and held it there. "Sarah" turned and waved
back. Laura held the salute. "Sarah" entered the Suburban and closed the
door. The motorcade pulled away, and Laura moved only to face it as it
left, still holding the salute. When the motorcade was out of sight,
Laura dropped to attention, then at ease, then normal. She savored the
moment and the sweet 2 AM air.
She turned took a final look at the now empty seat once occupied by
"Sarah" for 13 flights over 40 hours, gently closed the door and locked
it, then locked her side.
From Her House to Her House...
It’s 3,314 nautical miles – 3,848 statute miles - from Wasilla to
Washington. It took 40.3 hours all told; 9.1 hours of instrument flight,
and 13 hours of night flight to bring "Sarah" from her house to her
house (from January 20, 2013 - till January 20, 2021)….
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