El Al’s Last 747 Retires In Style After Creating A Sky Painting

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Sometimes water cannon salutes just aren't enough to mark an aviation milestone. That's why El Al Airlines retired its final Boeing 747 with a giant Etch A Sketch-in-the-sky tribute.

On Friday, the Israeli airline invited its Twitter followers to watch as the iconic aircraft flew a "historic flight path to create a 'sky painting' of a Boeing 747" en route from Rome to Tel Aviv.

FlightRadar24.com, which broadcast the flight path live online, noted that at about two hours into the flight, the pilot dropped to 10,000 feet and began using the flight path to draw what the airline called a “sky painting” of a 747.

Over the course of the next 90 minutes or so, FlightRadar24 posted screenshots documenting the design as it took the shape of a 747.

According to FlightRadar24, the plane's final journey was a charter flight. So although there were fare-paying passengers aboard, they probably weren't too upset about the fact that the epic sky stunt made Flight LY1747 an hour and 35 minutes late arriving in TLV.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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