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Delta Names Snoopy an Honorary Pilot

Airlines & Airports | Delta Air Lines | Donald Wood | October 26, 2015

Delta Names Snoopy an Honorary Pilot

Image via Twitter/DeltaNewsHub

On Thursday, Delta Air Lines announced that the company had finally named Snoopy an Honorary Delta Pilot during a ceremony at the Delta Flight Museum.

Snoopy—Charlie Brown’s dog from the popular “Peanuts” cartoons—is a 65-year veteran of flying, once even getting into a dog fight (pun intended) against the famous aviator, The Red Baron.

With Snoopy starring in the upcoming film “The Peanuts Movie,” Delta honored the heroic dog by awarding him official pilot wings. Snoopy was also given the Honorary Pilot Certificate signed by Senior Vice President Captain Steve Dickson.

Attending the festivities was the movie’s writer and producer Craig Schulz, director Steve Martino and the voices behind several characters. Also attending the event were Delta pilots and flight attendants, students from several local schools and the Pope High School Marching Band and Flag Line from Marietta, Georgia.

Delta shared Snoopy’s award and ceremony on Twitter:

Delta Flight Museum President John Boatright released a statement, saying, “We are thrilled to celebrate the upcoming release of ‘The Peanuts Movie’ and the history of an iconic family brand. Similarly, the Delta Flight Museum advances the exploration of aviation history and the future of flight. We are proud to salute those who share our mission.”

While the ceremony for the talented aviating dog paid homage to his longevity and skill, it also raised questions about his previous flight experience. If Snoopy was just honored as an official pilot, does that mean his 65 years of prior flights were all unsanctioned?

Is Snoopy a hero or a vigilante? These are questions the Federal Aviation Administration must answer.

Regardless of the legal issues surrounding a flying beagle—don’t even get me started on the aerodynamic discrepancies of his dog house—it’s about time Snoopy received the documentation he needs to be a legitimate pilot.

Now if we could just get Woodstock his pilot’s license…

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