Airlines have used the advent of ADS-B tracking to create massive sky art seen by millions on Flightradar24. With Qantas saying goodbye to the Queen of the Skies with a 63,000 square kilometer kangaroo, we thought it time to revisit other sky art drawn with airliners.

An enormous “Roo”, July 2020

Qantas retired the last of its 747s this week and VH-OEJ flew a giant Roo after departing Sydney one last time.

Qantas’ giant kangaroo sky art

Turkish Airlines’ Turkish flag, April 2020

To celebrate Turkey’s Nation Sovereignty Day and Children’s Day, Turkish Airlines drew a Turkish Flag across central Turkey.

Turkish Airlines draws Turkish flag

El Al’s 747 with a 747, November 2019

El Al retired its 747 fleet in 2019 and as a final tribute to the aircraft it drew a 747 over the Mediterranean Sea.

El Al 747 with a 747

Airbus’ A38Tree, December 2017

Airbus got in the Christmas spirit and drew a tree during one its standard A380 test flights. Aircraft drawing Christmas trees has become a bit of a sport.

Airbus A380 draws Christmas tree

Boeing’s 787 with a 787, August 2017

While conducted an ETOPS test on the Rolls Royce Trent 1000 TEN engine, Boeing managed to draw a 787 with a 787.

787 draws a 787

MAX with MAX, February 2017

A Boeing 737 MAX decided to sign its name during an endurance test flight.

737 MAX writes MAX

Love is in the air, April 2015

In April 2015, two Air Malta employees got married and the airline celebrated with a special flight. Other airlines including Cathay Pacific, Air New Zealand, and Virgin Atlantic have all drawn their own hearts as well.

Air Malta love is in the air heart flight

Who drew it best?

Which bit of sky art is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.



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89 comments

  1. Eduardo Martins

    Max of course

  2. Burak

    Turkish Flag of course.. worst one is MAX.. maximum risk..

  3. Murat

    Turkish Airlines’s is best

  4. Prabhu Budhathoki

    Qantas retired fight VH-OEJ and Boeing’s 787 drew perfect one

  5. Cumali

    Turkish Airlines,Turkish flag

  6. Thomas Flynn

    I have to go with the “Flying Roo”. Great memories on QF’s 747s!

  7. Enis

    Turkish Airlines’ Turkish flag, April 2020
    To celebrate Turkey’s Nation

  8. Görkem kara

    Turkish Airlines’ Turkish flag, April 2020

  9. Antun Paulin

    787 and ElAl 747. IMHO

  10. Tuna

    Off course turkish flag is the best one because this was the largest flag in the world and it was drawn by the most handsome aircraft B777.

  11. Mert Ilkinonu

    Turkish Airlines’ Turkish flag is the best sky art 🇹🇷

  12. Sally

    Turkish Airlines is the best

  13. Osman Esen

    Turkhis flag.

  14. Jack

    Totally think that the 787 drawn by the 787 was the best, because of its size, plus it’s level of detail. Got to give second place to Qantas though, pretty good detail and some pretty tight turns for a 747.

  15. Mustafa Yazıcı

    Hi;
    I really liked the “B787 with B787” plane drawing and the heart shape “Love is in the air” But; My favorite shape is my flag drawn on my country.
    THANK YOU.
    Mustafa Yazıcı.

  16. Stephen Baker

    Love the Qantas tribute, sadly on its way to the boneyard….truly the end of a era.

  17. Doğan Yiğit

    Turkish flag is the best

  18. Tuğçe Çetiner

    Turkish Airlines, Turkish Flag is the best one!

  19. Umit

    Turkish

  20. Murat

    Turkish Airlines 😍

  21. can tekindal

    I choose Turkish Airlines , April 2020

  22. Joseph

    Turkish Airlines’ Turkish flag, April 2020 İs best of the best.

  23. Johan

    The Quantas Roo is definitely my favourite.

  24. Cansu

    Turkish Airlines’ Turkish flag for celebrating Turkey’s Nation Sovereignty Day and Children’s Day ❤️

  25. Sefa OZKAYA

    Absolutely turkish flag,really awesome

  26. Muhammed Ucar

    I think Turkish Airlines’ Turkish flag, April 2020
    To celebrate Turkey’s Nation Sovereignty Day and Children’s Day, Turkish Airlines drew a Turkish Flag across central Turkey.

  27. Devir ACAN

    The flag of a nation TURKISH AIRLINES FLAG iş the bedt

  28. Furkan

    Turkish Airlines’ Turkish flag, April 2020

  29. Anonymous

    Turkish Airlines for sure

  30. defne akdağ

    Of course Turkey❤️

  31. Egeberk

    1- Turkish Flag
    2- Boeing 787
    3-MAX
    4-Roo

  32. Raychin

    Qantas and Max 🙂

  33. Atilla

    Turkish Airlines is best<3

  34. Eric Leong

    The 787 looks very well defined because it is so large! The Qantas Roo is probably the saddest, to see the B747 go after 50 years.

  35. Patrick Monsieur

    Qantas giant roo is definitely the best one.

  36. Kerbal2346

    That roo is so smooth and nice, so for me, it’s a tie between the roo and the 787

  37. John Chiappini

    787.

  38. Bearstastegood

    787 draws a 787. Just about perfect. Close runner-up, El Al’s 747

  39. ND

    Both me and my son intently went through each one of them many times over. Each one of them is simply mesmerizing. My son loves the max … But my favourite one is the two hearts over Malta !

  40. Riley McCollor

    I love the 787 by the 787 because it was so huge and cool, but I love the roo because it was a retiring flight, and I love the tree and flag because that is celebrating what that country loves, so I just cannot choose between any of them

  41. Maximilian Bal

    I like the kangaroo from Qantas as it is a good send off for the “Queen of the Skies” and is also symbolic to Australia.

  42. Felix

    I like the ‘Roo’ and the ‘A38Tree’ best. They are a sign of Planning, organizing, and then drawing it succesfull!

  43. Greg Peterson

    Qantas Kangaroo followed in a very close second place by the 787 with a 787.

  44. Gary Brookhouser

    Toss-up between Boeings’ 787 w/787 and the Boeing 737 Max.

  45. Osman

    Turkish Airlines’ Turkish flag, April 2020

  46. Bill Beacom

    I think the Being 787 over the US is the best ‘airplane art’ picture! It covers a huge area, and is almost perfect in shape. The A38 tree is also quite good, and it looks like it took a lot of flying technique. Well done.

  47. İsmail celebi

    Turkish flag is the best

  48. Tina

    I think 787 with 787 was the best!

  49. Drew Foster

    I believe the Qantas and El-Al are solid ties. Great detail from precision flying. Runner up the massive 787 over the U.S.

  50. seck

    le kangourou

  51. Herbert Beld

    1. The Roo
    2. El-Al Cyprus
    3. A 38tree

  52. Phil Hounam

    Deffo, the 787 is best. I hope no Photoshopping went on though.

  53. John Polley

    Definitely the Flying Kangaroo

  54. Kutlu Akçoral

    Turkish Airlines’ Turkish flag

  55. Michael Hayden

    OK I am biased, but the Flying Kangaroo has to take first place, especially when you consider some of those very sharp turns to get in the “tail end” and the nose. In fact it was necessary to climb and descend to make the turns. Oh yes the aircraft was also carrying 14+ hours fuel!

  56. Ian Simpson

    Qantas “ROO” is the best for me!

  57. Larry Woods

    I like the 747 over contenental USA. It’s beautiful.

  58. Lacey

    The giant Roo 👏🏻

  59. Mark Harber

    Love the flying kangaroo

  60. Micael

    Most def “Boeing’s 787”!

  61. joe crisci

    the giant roo of course

  62. peter harvey

    There all very good, but being an Aussie i favour the Roo

  63. Robin

    The Flying Kangaroo by the Queen of the Skies B747

  64. Bailey R E

    Methinks Qantas, then EL AL…

  65. M K

    1. Qantas
    2. The 787

  66. William Forsyth

    Probably biased but the Flying Kangaroo is the best!

  67. Dan

    The flying Roo looks fantastic!

  68. Bar

    ELAL!

  69. James Algar

    Qantas 747 “Roo”

  70. Benison Paul

    Hi, As for me the Giant Flying Kangaroo Is the best. It’s because of the curves and shape is not that easy and they ( The Flight crew) have done their best.

  71. Charles Borg Giuliano

    The Air Malta one is a follow up of St Valentine’s 2014. Here is the link that includes the flightradar24.com screenshot:

    https://www.airmalta.com/information/about/news-overview/news-detail/love-is-in-the-airplane-Captain-proposes-to-cabin-crew-with-heart-shaped-fly-path-on-Air-Malta-Love-Plane

  72. Martin K Ashoff

    All arts are well done. Salute to the pilots and respective airlines. Of all I like the USA art best as it is perfectly design flown and covers the US from the Canadian border to the Mexican border.

  73. Ulf Norman

    El Al 747

  74. Steven L

    Wee bit biased, but the QF roo for me.

  75. Grant

    Qantas, what a fantastic tribute. The 747s have served the Aussie traveller well for so long. farewell old friend.

  76. Mark

    Roo

  77. Ygytt

    🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷 Turkish Airlines Turkish flag 🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷

  78. Roger Cripps

    The roo was the best. Sad to see the “queen” go.

  79. James Bond

    787 with 787, by far.

  80. Martin Kavanagh

    A little biased I guess, but I have to go with the Flying Kangaroo. A special mention though for the 787 for its sheer size!

  81. Terence Bragg

    787 with a 787

  82. Muhammed

    Definitely Turkish Airlines’s

  83. Theresa Lupcho

    787

  84. Erika Brunner

    Lovely Qantas 747 of course!

  85. Constantin M.

    787 Over US

  86. Helicat

    All are amazing, so hard to choose. The 787 is enormous, and awesome. The Max is very cool too. Kudos to all the planning and execution on all of these!

  87. paulo rivetti

    Boeing’s 787 with a 787, August 2017

  88. Mario

    Et bien j’adore le 787 avec le 787 !!! Remarquez bien que tous les desseins sont vraiment exceptionnels !!! Bravo à tous ! 😉

  89. Andreas

    787 ETOPS test was great. The A380 Christmas Tree was also pretty good.

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