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A heart-shaped flight for Valentine’s Day

The airline Virgin Atlantic celebrated Lovers’ Day by having one of its planes fly through a giant heart-shaped course off the UK.

The Airbus A330 took off from Gatwick Airport near London at around 11:00 am local time for a mandatory flight test for all new aircraft. When it reached the Cornish peninsula, west of Britain, the plane branched off a more usual route to draw a heart over the ocean.

The aircraft returned to its starting point approximately two hours after flying.

The Flightradar24 site, which tracks real-time commercial aircraft around the world, has posted an image on Twitter showing the plane’s route and the huge heart it has drawn.

“[Flight tests] are part of a normal certification process when we add new aircraft to our fleet,” says an airline blog post. We had a two-hour flight scheduled for February 14th. It was the perfect opportunity to do something different. ”

The company had to have its flight plan approved by the Royal Air Force. The British Air Force controls the airspace over this portion of the North Sea, which served as the canvas for the Airbus A330 pilot.

This is not the first time an airline has enjoyed a holiday to make a publicity stunt. A few days before Christmas, last year, Emirates had made an even more impressive work, the course of one of his planes drawing a tree decorated with balls over Germany .

By Sarah Colin

Sarah Colin is the senior editor of Strange News Chronicle, and can't really think of a better job than one that lets her read and write interesting stories on everything from aliens and asteroids to Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. Sarah previously worked in magazines at Transcontinental Media and headed up the lifestyle department at Sun Media. Her Twitter bio describes her as a "reader, writer, eater,, fancy geek, summer cyclist," which pretty much sums up how she spends her time outside of work.

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