Honkytonk Woman Traces Heart 30K Feet Above England

Virgin Atlantic had some holiday fun with training flight Wednesday
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2018 3:55 PM CST
Virgin Gives Heart to Entirety of England for Valentine's Day
In this Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 file photo, a Virgin Atlantic passenger plane crosses a waxing gibbous moon on its way to the Los Angeles International Airport, in Whittier, Calif.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

“We had a training flight planned for 14 February, and when we realized it was Valentine’s Day we decided to have a little fun," the Independent quotes Virgin Atlantic's director of aircraft operations as saying. Business Insider reports an Airbus A330 nicknamed Honkytonk Woman flew out of London Gatwick on Wednesday before making a quick detour in its flight path to trace a heart 30,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. It was a fun holiday message for flight-trackers and a chance for bored journalists to make "love is in the air" jokes (and also probably the normal amount of alarming for chemtrail believers). Flightradar24 tweeted out an image of the heart-shaped flight path, and Natsaero posted a neat video of it on Instagram.
(More Virgin Atlantic stories.)

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