Subway does not deliver.
Nor should they. Because if they ever do start sending out sandwiches, it will undoubtedly be a disappointment when some guy in a green shirt pulls up in a Toyota Camry to drop off food. At least for everyone who's seen the video of Nathan Howatt dropping a Subway lunch for his buddy. From a moving airplane.
As of Friday morning, that's a whole bunch of us. Since Howatt, of Langdon, North Dakota, uploaded the short video of his airborne delivery, the clip's been watched about 7 million times on Facebook. That view count was helped right along by Subway itself, which shared the video on its account under the heading, "Friend Level: Expert."
There really isn't much to explain about this story that isn't in Howatt's Facebook post. Howatt flew to Devil's Lake on Wednesday morning for a dentist appointment. He kindly offered to grab a sandwich—a Subway Melt, to be specific, featuring turkey, ham, and bacon, with pepper jack cheese, ranch dressing, and banana peppers—and drop it off to his friend Mitchwell Wirth, a farmer who was out working his field in the town of Munich, N.D.
With a rapidly cooling toasted sandwich in one hand and the controls to his airplane in the other, Howatt made a low pass over Wirth's field.
Note the pinpoint timing of his release of the sub, which misses Wirth by a matter of feet, and rolls to a stop nearby.
If the U.S. Air Force ever gets back into the candy-dropping game, we think we've just found our ace pilot.
Posted by Nathan Howatt on Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Wirth thanked Howatt with a response that showed the sandwich had survived the fall, but would not survive more than a few minutes in the presence of a hungry farmer.
Howatt tells WDAZ he "doesn't condone this type of flying." Yeah, well, you know what? City Pages does condone this type of flying. This is brilliant, and everyone, everywhere, should constantly be trying to find more inventive ways to give fresh sandwiches to their friends.
Grilled cheese taped to a frisbee? Reueben catapault? Bow and arrow banh mi? Peanut butter and jelly in a tiny hot air balloon? The sky is quite literally the limit.
Keep us posted on your results. If they're anything like Howatt's drop off, people are going to want to see it.