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German Pilot Draws Giant Syringe in Sky to Remind People of the Start of Covid-19 Vaccinations

Image credit: Flightradar24

Image credit: Flightradar24

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 flightradar24.

German pilot Samy Kramer has traced a giant syringe in the sky, flying 200 kilometers 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 the 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.

While Kramer is being appreciated for his gesture, in 2017, a pilot got in trouble after he pulled a similar stunt. But instead of a syringe in the sky, this beleaguered pilot drew a giant penis in the sky.

The incident occurred in November 2017 when residents of the town of Omak in Okanogan County, Washington, got the shock of their lives when they saw the F-18 jet drawing a giant penis in the sky.

Needless to say, the US Navy was left red-faced at the sight of an enormous outline of a penis in the sky drawn by one of their pilots using the condensation trails from his multi-million-dollar warplane.

Navy officials acknowledged one of their crews was behind the stunt, saying the aircraft "left a condensed air trail resembling an obscene image to observers on the ground."

(With inputs from Reuters)
first published:December 28, 2020, 18:15 IST