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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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