Boeing Dreamliner jet draws USA-sized self-portrait in the sky

A Boeing Dreamliner jet’s flight path drew the plane’s outline.

FlightAware; screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET

There are some big works of art out there — Christo’s pink-packaged islands[1], the Nazca lines in Peru[2]. Now Boeing[3] has made its own contribution: a drawing of a plane[4], done by the plane itself across the entire United States. A Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner flew a route that inscribed its own shape across a map of the US on Thursday, Boeing said[5].

The wings reach from the Great Lakes to the southern tip of Texas[6], and the nose is pointed northwest toward Boeing headquarters in Washington. The total flight time for the PR stunt was 18 hours and 1 minute, Boeing said on Twitter[7]. The company took some flak (figuratively) for pumping a lot of greenhouse gases into the earth’s atmosphere[8], but that would’ve happened even without the aerial self-portrait, Boeing said.

“This was a required endurance test for certification.

Rather than fly in random patterns, our team got creative & drew a plane in the sky,” Boeing tweeted[9].

References

  1. ^ Christo’s pink-packaged islands (christojeanneclaude.net)
  2. ^ Nazca lines in Peru (en.wikipedia.org)
  3. ^ Boeing (www.cnet.com)
  4. ^ drawing of a plane (flightaware.com)
  5. ^ Boeing said (www.boeing.com)
  6. ^ from the Great Lakes to the southern tip of Texas (twitter.com)
  7. ^ Boeing said on Twitter (twitter.com)
  8. ^ pumping a lot of greenhouse gases into the earth’s atmosphere (twitter.com)
  9. ^ Boeing tweeted (twitter.com)

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