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Jan 27, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New England Patriots team plane arrives at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport for Super Bowl LIII. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s Go Pats!!

The team may not be playing, practicing, or even holding meetings, but they are giving us plenty to cheer about!

The Patriots’ team plane has now become a symbol of great hope. According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, Governor Charlie Baker struck a deal with a Chinese manufacturer to purchase over a million masks. The problem was getting them here, and quickly, as the need for personal protective equipment for professionals rises.

Cue the music. And enter 6 time Super Bowl winners The New England Patriots! The Governor reached out to Patriots owners, Robert and Jonathan Kraft for help. The Krafts’ offered up the team plane and also agreed to pay roughly $2 million, which is about half of the cost of getting 1.7 million masks. Can’t you just picture it? The patriotic plane, proudly embellished with the team logo,and bedazzled with colossal emblem commemorating our 6 Super Bowl wins whisking off to save the world… Ok, at least to help a little in this overwhelming task of fighting Covid-19.

To make this story even more dramatic, there was plenty of red tape to cut through to make it happen.

The team plane is not meant to carry cargo, the journey to China would require some modifications to the aircraft. The crew reportedly flew to Ohio, to get their upgrades, and were off to China, via Alaska. Meanwhile, in China a tech crew there gathered, inspected and counted the masks. When the plane landed yesterday, the team had only 3 hours to get their job done, loading up the plane. The plane’s cargo capacity was 1.2 million masks. It’s the Patriots, remember… so the job got done, in just minutes under the time alloted.

Team work does make the dream work!

 

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