On the morning before Christmas Eve, a pilot took to the skies to deliver a homage to the vaccine to be rolled out across the country starting Sunday. During a flight over the south of Germany, they drew an intricate path in the shape of a syringe, complete with droplets, using a Diamond DA20 Katana.
In less than a year since the start of the pandemic, airlines have begun the meticulously planned task of transporting COVID-19 vaccines. Countries all over the world are right now planning and launching colossal efforts to roll them out among populations.
However, alongside one of humanity’s greatest scientific achievements, something else has been on the rise – vaccine skepticism. One pilot flying out of Friedrichshafen in southern Germany took to the skies Wednesday to show where they stand on the matter.
Taking off from Bodensee Airport Friedrichshafen (FDH) at 10:04 local time on December 24th, the pilot proceeded to draw an intricate depiction of a syringe, complete with droplets from the needle. The flight-path pattern required rather sharp turns, but the nimble Diamond DA20 Katana aircraft with registration D-ENIG was well-suited to the task.
The pilot reached a height of 5,475 feet and a top speed of 121 knots just as they were completing one side of the syringe’s barrel. The thin line of the needle was accomplished by backtracking the exact flight path they had taken to its tip.
Having completed the piece of sky-art invisible to the naked eye, the pilot landed the DA20 back at FDH one hour and 44 minutes after take-off.
In good company across the border
This is not the first pandemic-related message drawn in the sky by a Diamond Katana. Back in March, as measures were coming into full swing and the first wave of lockdowns were being announced across Europe, an Austrian pilot told people to “stay home” with a 24-minute flight on a DA40.