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In-Flight Look at Total Solar Eclipse

Droves of sky-watchers stepped out and peered upward across Europe and parts of Asia and Africa Friday as a solar eclipse swept across the northern part of the continent.

The thousands of tourists who traveled north of Norway to the remote island of Svalbard were treated to the best views of a total eclipse, millions of others in the rest of the region had a chance to see a partially blocked sun.

But the handful of folks who climbed aboard a special chartered flight were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime moment.

Marina from St. Petersburg was one of the lucky few to join the trip.

"I have seen a solar eclipse. It is awesome. There are no words to express what I was feeling. Because it is just unimaginable happiness, shared by everybody here at the same moment. Everybody at the same moment, the whole plane was in ecstasy," she told Reuters.

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Air passengers treated to special view of solar eclipse above the clouds
A giant circle is seen during the solar eclipse around the sun over Alexander Column at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St.Petersburg, Russia, Friday, March 20, 2015. An eclipse is darkening parts of Europe on Friday in a rare solar event that won't be repeated for more than a decade.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A solar eclipse is seen behind a statue of an ibex in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, Friday, March 20, 2015. An eclipse is darkening parts of Europe on Friday in a rare solar event that won't be repeated for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
People watch in darkness during the totality of a solar eclipse on as seen from a hill beside a hotel on the edge of the city overlooking Torshavn, the capital city of the Faeroe Islands, Friday, March 20, 2015. For months, even years, accommodation on the remote Faeroe Islands has been booked out by fans who don't want to miss an almost three-minute-long astronomical sensation. Now they just have to hope the clouds will blow away so they can fully experience Friday's brief total solar eclipse. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
This combo shows different phases of the solar eclipse seen from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, an archipeligo administered by Norway, on March 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / NTB SCANPIX / HAKON MOSVOLD LARSEN +++ NORWAY OUT (Photo credit should read Hakon Mosvold Larsen/AFP/Getty Images)
People watch the partial phase of a total solar eclipse as viewed from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, an archipeligo administered by Norway on March 20, 2015. Thousands gathering here as the only land the total eclipse will be seen from is on Svalbard and the Faoroe Islands off Iceland. AFP PHOTO / STAN HONDA NO ARCHIVES (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
COTSWOLDS, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 20: A rare partial solar eclipse is seen at 10.23 over Burford on March 20, 2015 in the Cotswolds, United Kingdom. The solar eclipse, which occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, started at 08:24 GMT and continues until 10:41 GMT, with the maximum obscuration of the Sun happening at 09:31 GMT. The last significant solar eclipse visible from the UK was on 11 August, 1999. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
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A drone flies in foreground of a partial solar eclipse in Vienna on March 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
A partial solar eclipse is visible over a statue located at the rooftop of of Hofburg palace in Vienna on March 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on March 20, 2015 shows a partial solar eclipse of the sun visible over the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A man is watching the partial solar eclipse with hand-made tubes in front of Nature's Museum in Vienna on March 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
On this photo taken through a solar filter material, the moon blocks part of the sun during a solar eclipse as seen over Moscow Kremlin's Troitskaya (Trinity) tower, in Russia, on Friday, March 20, 2015. An eclipse is darkening parts of Europe on Friday in a rare solar event that won't be repeated for more than a decade.(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Performers play instruments at sunrise on March 20, 2015, near a pre-historic stone shrine aligned to the Spring Equinox in Chas, northeast Portugal during a total eclipse, the only one this year. The Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, located 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) from the North Pole, is along with the Faroe Islands the only place the total eclipse will be visible, assuring three minutes of total darkness when the moon totally blocks the sun. AFP PHOTO/ FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 20: A partial solar eclipse is observed at Red Square in Moscow, Russia on March 20, 2015. (Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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People watch during the partial phase of a solar eclipse before totality as seen from a hill beside a hotel on the edge of the city overlooking Torshavn, the capital of the Faeroe Islands, Friday, March 20, 2015. A blanket of clouds in the Faeroe Islands blocked thousands of people there from experiencing the full effect of the total eclipse. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
This combo of different phases of the solar eclipse seen from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, an archipeligo administered by Norway, on March 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / NTB SCANPIX / Jon Olav Nesvold +++ NORWAY OUT (Photo credit should read JON OLAV NESVOLD/AFP/Getty Images)
USAK, TURKEY - MARCH 20: A partial solar eclipse of the sun is seen through the finial of Usak Imam Hatip High School Mosque in Usak, western of Turkey on March 20, 2015. (Photo by Soner Kilinc/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A partial solar eclipse of the sun is visible in Plymouth, south-west England on March 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GEOFF CADDICK (Photo credit should read GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images)
The moon blocks part of the sun during a solar eclipse as seen over a statue at the one of the city landmarks, the General Staff Headquarters in St.Petersburg, Russia, Friday, March 20, 2015. An eclipse is darkening parts of Europe on Friday in a rare solar event that won't be repeated for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
The moon starts to block the sun during a solar eclipse over the obelisk in the center of St.Peter's Square at the Vatican, Friday, March 20, 2015. An eclipse is darkening parts of Europe on Friday in a rare solar event that won't be repeated for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
A young boy wearing his father's welding mask , is disappointed after fog covers the sky and impedes from watching the solar eclipse at the peak of a coal mining dump beside a giant pit lamp in Duisburg, Germany, Friday, March 20, 2015. .(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
People gather at the peak of a coal mining dump beside a giant pit lamp as fog covers the sky and impedes from watching the solar eclipse in Duisburg, Germany, Friday, March 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
The sun is seen during a partial eclipse over a statue of the Duomo gothic cathedral in Milan, Italy, Friday, March 20, 2015. An eclipse is darkening parts of Europe on Friday in a rare solar event that won't be repeated for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A partial solar eclipse is visible through a break in the cloud cover over Saint Laurent Blangy, north of France, on March 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)
The moon passes between the sun and the earth after the totality phase of a total solar eclipse as seen from a hill beside a hotel on the edge of the city overlooking Torshavn, the capital of the Faeroe Islands, Friday, March 20, 2015. A blanket of clouds in the Faeroe Islands blocked thousands of people there from experiencing the full effect of the total eclipse. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A partial solar eclipse of the sun is visible next to the 'Heart of Jesus Church' in Budapest on March 20, 2015 during the first day of the astronomical spring. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
TONYPANDY, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 20: A rare partial solar eclipse is seen over the Miner's Family Statue in Tonypandy in South Wales on March 20, 2015 in Tonypandy, Wales, United Kingdom. The solar eclipse, which occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, started at 08:24 GMT and continues until 10:41 GMT, with the maximum obscuration of the Sun happening at 09:31 GMT. The last significant solar eclipse visible from the UK was on 11 August, 1999. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A partial solar eclipse is visible behind a statue of Sweden's King Gustav III through a break in the cloud cover over Stockholm's old town in Sweden on March 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Italian visitors wait for the start of a total solar eclipse on a hill beside a hotel overlooking the sea and Torshavn, the capital city of the Faeroe Islands, Friday, March 20, 2015. For months, even years, accommodation on the remote Faeroe Islands has been booked out by fans who don't want to miss an almost three-minute-long astronomical sensation. Now they just have to hope the clouds will blow away so they can fully experience Friday's brief total solar eclipse. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Members of the local Rodrarfelagid Knorrur RK rowing club head out for a training session from the harbor in Torshavn, the capital city of the Faeroe Islands, Thursday, March 19, 2015. For months, even years, accommodation on the remote Faeroe Islands has been booked out by fans who don't want to miss an almost three-minute-long astronomical sensation. Now they just have to hope the clouds will blow away so they can fully experience Friday's brief total solar eclipse. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A little boy poses for a photograph and looks up to the sun wearing protective goggles in Berlin, Germany, Friday, March 20, 2015 prior to the start of the partial solar eclipse. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
NEWTON STEWART, SCOTLAND - MARCH 19: Members of the Galloway Forest Astronomical Society prepare their equipment ahead of tomorrows solar eclipse on March 19, 2015 in Newton Stewart, Scotland. Tomorrow the UK will see a partial solar eclipse with up to 98 per cent coverage, which is due to pass over Britain between 07:41 UTC and 11:50 UTC. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
FUNCHAL, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL - MARCH 20: Clouds pass across the sun which is pictured during a partial solar eclipse over the Madeira Islands. The moon was scheduled to cover approximately 75% of the sun and was pictured during the first found of the Madeira Islands Open the at Santo da Serra Golf Club in Santo da Serra on March 20, 2015 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
EDS NOTE: SOLAR FILTER HAS BEEN USED People watch as an eclipse of the sun begins over the Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall, as a near-total eclipse of the sun is set to thrill or disappoint millions today, depending on luck and the fickle British weather.
MUNICH, GERMANY - MARCH 20: A dove is pictures in front of the sun during a partial solar eclipse on March 20, 2015 in Muncih, Germany. Over Central Europe the moon was scheduled to cover approximately 75% of the sun for a short period starting at approximately 9:30am. The next solar eclipse will not occur until 2021. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
FUNCHAL, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL - MARCH 20: Clouds pass across the sun which is pictured during a partial solar eclipse over the Madeira Islands. The moon was scheduled to cover approximately 75% of the sun and was pictured during the first found of the Madeira Islands Open the at Santo da Serra Golf Club in Santo da Serra on March 20, 2015 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Jakub Moravec from Prague in the Czech Republic lies in his hospital bed at the Longyearbyen Hospital on Spitsbergen island, part of the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic, on March 19, 2015. He was attacked by a polar bear whilst sleeping in a tent near Fredheim early that morning. The bear was eventually chased away and later put down. AFP PHOTO / NTB SCANPIX / HAKON MOSVOLD LARSEN +++ NORWAY OUT +++ (Photo credit should read Hakon Mosvold Larsen/AFP/Getty Images)
The remains of the polar bear which attacked Jakub Moravec from Prague in the Czech Republic is pictured on Spitsbergen island, part of the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic, on March 19, 2015. He was attacked by a polar bear whilst sleeping in a tent near Fredheim early that morning. The bear was eventually chased away and later put down. AFP PHOTO / NTB SCANPIX / HAKON MOSVOLD LARSEN +++ NORWAY OUT +++ (Photo credit should read Hakon Mosvold Larsen,Hakon Mosvold Larsen/AFP/Getty Images)
Two women, walk beside the harbor, in Torshavn, the capital city of the Faeroe Islands, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. The Faeroe Islands, a semi-autonomous Danish archipelago, and Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, are the only two places in the world where, cloud cover permitting, a total solar eclipse can be viewed from land on Friday morning. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A visitor looks at solar eclipse posters displayed for sale at the tourist office, in Torshavn, the capital city of the Faeroe Islands, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. The Faeroe Islands, a semi-autonomous Danish archipelago, and Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, are the only two places in the world where, cloud cover permitting, a total solar eclipse can be viewed from land on Friday morning. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
NORWAY - JUNE 15: Kongsfjorden (Kings Bay), Spitsbergen, Svalbard Islands, Norway. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
Meteorologist Soren Jacobsen points at a graphic showing the weather forecast for 09:00 GMT, approximately 40 minutes before Friday's total solar eclipse over the Faeroe Islands during a press conference in Torshavn, the capital city of the Faeroe Islands, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. The Faeroe Islands, a semi-autonomous Danish archipelago, and Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, are the only two places in the world where, cloud cover permitting, a total solar eclipse can be viewed from land on Friday morning. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Solar eclipse postcards are displayed for sale at the tourist office, in Torshavn, the capital city of the Faeroe Islands, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. The Faeroe Islands, a semi-autonomous Danish archipelago, and Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, are the only two places in the world where, cloud cover permitting, a total solar eclipse can be viewed from land on Friday morning. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
SVALBARD, NORWAY - MAY 9: Walruses bask in the High Arctic sun in Norway's Svalbard archipelago. (Paul Watson/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
NORTH SPITSBERGEN, NORWAY - JUNE 06: A female polar bear ventures close to a visiting boat over the moving ice flow on June 6, 2012 in Vaigattfjellet, North Spitsbergen, Norway. North Spitsbergen expects a record 39,000 tourists this year as the region has been boosted by the exposure from recent television documentaries and was also the site of a tragedy last year when British teenager Horatio Chapple, 17, was attacked and killed near the Von Postbreen glacier on the island. (David Yarrow/Getty Images)
Items of eclipse merchandise are displayed for sale in the window of the tourist office, in Torshavn, the capital city of the Faeroe Islands, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. The Faeroe Islands, a semi-autonomous Danish archipelago, and Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, are the only two places in the world where, cloud cover permitting, a total solar eclipse can be viewed from land on Friday morning. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Solar eclipse Faeroese hand craft ornaments are displayed for sale at the tourist office, in Torshavn, the capital city of the Faeroe Islands, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. The Faeroe Islands, a semi-autonomous Danish archipelago, and Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, are the only two places in the world where, cloud cover permitting, a total solar eclipse can be viewed from land on Friday morning. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A shopping center on the main street of Longyearbyen, Svalbard, an archipeligo administered by Norway on March 19, 2015 ahead of the March 20 total solar eclipse in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, an archipeligo administered by Norway. Thousands are gathering here as the only land the total eclipse will be seen from is on Svalbard and the Faoroe Islands off Iceland. AFP PHOTO / STAN HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman walks along a coastal road in Torshavn, the capital city of the Faeroe Islands, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. The Faeroe Islands, a semi-autonomous Danish archipelago, and Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, are the only two places in the world where, cloud cover permitting, a total solar eclipse can be viewed from land on Friday morning. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Children at a youth center play football in front of a mural which includes a Puffin bird, a species which breed in large numbers on the Faeroe Islands and are part of the local cuisine, in Torshavn, the capital city, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. The Faeroe Islands, a semi-autonomous Danish archipelago, and Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, are the only two places in the world where, cloud cover permitting, a total solar eclipse can be viewed from land on Friday morning. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A man uses a piece of tinted glass to observe a solar eclipse in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, March 20, 2015. Astronomy lovers and sky gazers in Serbia were treated to a clear blue sky as they observed a solar eclipse in Belgrade on Friday. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)
An Egyptian uses special glasses to view a partial solar eclipse as people gather near the Sphinx at the Giza Pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, Friday, March 20, 2015. The partial eclipse was visible across Europe and parts of Asia and Africa, while sky-gazers in the Arctic were treated to a perfect view of a total solar eclipse as the moon completely blocked out the sun in a clear sky. (AP Photo/Khaled Kamel)
This combo of different phases of the solar eclipse seen from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, an archipeligo administered by Norway, on March 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / NTB SCANPIX / Jon Olav Nesvold +++ NORWAY OUT (Photo credit should read JON OLAV NESVOLD/AFP/Getty Images)
The solar eclipse as seen from Longyearbyen on Svalbard, Friday 20 March, 2015
The solar eclipse as seen from Longyearbyen on Svalbard, Friday 20 March, 2015
A total solar eclipse can be seen in Svalbard, Longyearbyen, Norway, on March 20, 2015. A partial eclipse of varying degrees is visible, depending on weather conditions, across most of Europe, northern Africa, northwest Asia and the Middle East, before finishing its show close to the North Pole. AFP PHOTO / NTB SCANPIX / HAAKON MOSVOLD LARSEN +++ NORWAY OUT (Photo credit should read Haakon Mosvold Larsen/AFP/Getty Images)
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