On 20 May 2019, Formula 1 legend and aviation great Niki Lauda passed away at the age of 70. On 21 May, the airline Lauda paid tribute to Niki Lauda with a special flypast and message in the aircraft’s windows at Vienna airport.

Niki wir vermissen dich!

In the windows of the A320 OE-LMB was written the message, ‘Niki wir vermissen dich!’ — ‘Niki we miss you!’

Lauda A320 flypast

In addition to winning multiple Formula 1 championships, Lauda was also the founder of Lauda Air, and acquired or managed airlines Niki and LaudaMotion during his long aviation career. Lauda was also a commercial pilot and would sometimes captain flights at Niki.

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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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