A pilot in southern Germany has taken his creativity to sky heights in order to celebrate the start of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Europe.
Using a Diamond DA-20 Katana, German pilot Samy Kramer drew a 70-kilometer long syringe 5,000 feet in the air.
The completed syringe flight path, totalling 200kms, took just over an hour, flying between Friedrichshafen and Ulm, Germany.
The giant syringe was captured over the festive season by live flight tracker site, Flight Radar 24.
The news of the vaccine rollout brings a fresh wave of optimism to the travel industry as, in theory, this should mean that with much of the world vaccinated against the virus, international borders should reopen and travel should resume safely at some point this year.
Although the vaccine is not compulsory in Australia, we expect that airlines will require some kind of health passport or vaccination certificate to fly, with the possibility that some countries will require travellers to have the vaccine to enter.
Meanwhile, Qantas is keeping an optimistic spirit, opening international bookings for travel from July 1, 2021, across its entire overseas network.
Fingers crossed for that!
More fun sky art
Flight Radar 24 provides much entertainment, as well as some added controversy thrown into the mix too.
According to Reuters, the deputy head of Russian airline Pobeda was sacked after one of its commercial flights drew a giant penis in the sky, apparently in support of a soccer player who had been dropped from the Russian national team after a raunchy video scandal.
Then we have Pacman. Because who doesn’t love that game?
Of course, some sky art closer to home was the iconic Qantas Kangaroo, which was drawn over the Pacific Ocean as an emotional farewell to the the “Queen of the Skies”,
At the beginning of the pandemic, an EVA Airways pilot used the flight path to draw a contrail thumbs-up icon in the sky.
The Hello Kitty scenic flight gave health practitioners a COVID-safe thumbs up to pay respects for all they were doing.
Good job everyone.
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