Stay Weather Aware: Wednesday morning commute looks tricky

Boeing draws an airplane in the sky

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Boeing spent Wednesday evening drawing an airplane on the sky.

The aerospace giant was testing an upgraded engine for its 787 Dreamliner for long endurance flights and reliability and the company had 18 hours to kill. So its flight planners designed a route that, once finished, looked liked one of its Dreamliner jets.

Related: World gets first peek at Boeing ‘797’

The route started in Seattle heading east late Wednesday afternoon. But the fun really started over the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, when the Dreamliner started heading south as it began to trace the shape of an airplane.

By the time it was done Thursday morning, the wingtips stretched from Michigan to Texas while its nose touched Wyoming and its tail was in Alabama.

Related: Say goodbye to the 747

Even with storms in the Upper Midwest, Boeing managed to complete its tracing for the world to see on flight tracking websites.

Boeing has undertaken creative flights before. Earlier in the year it traced an enormous ‘737 Max’ over the U.S., and another time it was the company logo. Another flight took a route that flew over all 48 states in the contiguous United States.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.