German pilot draws syringe in the sky using flight path to mark COVID-19 vaccine rollout

German pilot Samy Kramer has traced a giant syringe in the sky, flying 200 kilometres to remind people about the start of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Europe.

The 20-year-old pilot mapped out the route he would need to take on a GPS device before taking to the skies near Lake Constance in southern Germany. The syringe-shaped route showed up on internet site flightradar24.

"There are still relatively many people opposing the vaccination and my action may be a reminder for them to think about the topic, to get things moving", Kramer told Reuters TV on Sunday, adding that his flight should not be understood as a direct call to be inoculated.

"Perhaps it was also a bit of a sign of joy, because the aviation industry has been hit pretty hard by the pandemic", Kramer said.

Germany officially kicked off its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Sunday. The federal government is planning to distribute more than 1.3 million vaccine doses to local health authorities by the end of this year and about 700,000 per week from January. 

It's not the first time this year pilots have taken the opportunity to use flight paths to create interesting shapes. Among the creations were a "Stay home" message and thank you messages to health services.

Russian airline Pobeda sacked a deputy head of the airline last month after one of its planes drew the image of a penis in the sky during a commercial flight. The message was reportedly in support of soccer player Artyom Dzyuba who had been dropped from the Russian national team after the leak of a private, intimate video featuring a man similar to him, Reuters reported. 



Less controversial was the outline of Qantas' Flying Kangaroo logo, created by the flight path of the airline's final Boeing 747 jumbo jet as it left Australia for the last time before retirement. 

Qantas flight path for final 747 jumbo jet flight traces the shape of the Flying Kangaroo logo


with Reuters