D-EFHN, the Robin DR400/180 Régent responsible for today's portrait.
D-EFHN, the Robin DR400/180 Régent responsible for today’s portrait.

Not every flight is about getting from point A to B. Some flights are about the journey—or in this case, about the image. The pilot of D-EFHN took to the sky to draw a portrait of an airplane. Pilots have previously drawn interesting patterns in the sky, Flower Guy for instance, but this is the first time we’ve seen a plane draw a plane.

The Portrait

The completed airplane portrait.
The completed airplane portrait.

Signing the Art

The aircraft, a Robin DR400/180 Régent, is privately owned and the pilot decided to sign his or her name on the return journey later in the day.

Initials
The pilot returned to sign their art.

Here are the combined tracks from both flights showing the airplane drawing and the signature. Together the flights lasted almost two and a half hours, with the plane image taking about 40 minutes to complete and the signature taking another 20 minutes.

Combined airplane drawing and signature tracks for D-EFHN.
Combined airplane drawing and signature tracks for D-EFHN.

Love is in the Air

The airplane portrait isn’t the first time D-EFHN has made art in the sky. Earlier, the plane drew a heart over northwest Germany as well.

D-EFHN draws a heart
D-EFHN draws a heart

Well, Hello

On 28 November, the pilot of D-EFHN decided to say Hello.

We’ll continue to watch D-EFHN to see if the pilot decides to expand into other images or patterns and you can as well by setting an alert for registration D-EFHN.

Ian Petchenik’s love of aviation began at an early age growing up next to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. As Flightradar24’s director of communications and co-host of the AvTalk podcast Ian now gets to share that passion for aviation with millions of Flightradar24 users and listeners around the world.

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