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Who drew it best: sky art with an airliner

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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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91 Responses

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

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

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

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.
    Mustafa Yazıcı.

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

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

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

  14. 787 draws a 787. Just about perfect. Close runner-up, El Al’s 747

  15. 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 !

  16. 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

  17. 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.

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

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

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

  21. 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.

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

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

  24. 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!

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

  26. Probably biased but the Flying Kangaroo is the best!

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

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

  30. 🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷 Turkish Airlines Turkish flag 🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷

  31. 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!

  32. 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!

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

  34. 787 ETOPS test was great. The A380 Christmas Tree was also pretty good.

  35. Love is in the air, of course. How romantic. Small island, small airline, but big hearts!

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