Gulfstream has taken the notion of skywriting into the 21st Century.
Astute aircraft watchers using flight tracking software, FlightAware, have captured the Savannah, Georgia-based business jet manufacturer spelling out an aircraft name, GV, at 40,000ft (12,100m) and 487kt (900km/h) airspeed across the upper Midwest portions of the USA on 6 February. The cursive took more than 8h to complete.
Far from being an environmentally insensitive publicity stunt, Gulfstream says the flight had a valid purpose – to “cold soak” the newly built large cabin jet. It was likely the aircraft was a G500, an aircraft previously known as the GV.